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This event has concluded for this year. Please check back in January 2018 for updated information. Thank you!
Idea Challenge Application
Thank you to our 2017 corporate sponsor
Foley and Lardner LLP
Spring 2017 $50K Idea Challenge Information
The UMass Lowell Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship will be hosting the Fifth Annual DifferenceMaker $50K Idea Challenge this spring 2017. The goal of the Idea Challenge is to engage UMass Lowell students in creative and innovative problem solving around major issues that affect our region and our future.
Student teams will be asked to develop real solutions to real problems. They will then be coached and guided to present a concept proposal for a needed service, product or business that addresses a real world challenge such as climate change, access to health care, support for the arts, cyber security, regional unemployment, etc.
$50,000 in prizes will be awarded to UMass Lowell student teams that present the best ideas and strategies for addressing these timely social and business challenges.
If you have innovative ideas for solving these types of problems, or want to work with others to try to figure this out, please consider forming a student team and entering the 2017 Idea Challenge. All student teams will receive guidance and coaching in refining their concept and final presentation.
The DifferenceMaker $50K Idea Challenge awards ceremony will be held at University Crossing, Moloney Hall, Room 260, on April 19, 2017 from 5-8:30 p.m.