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DifferenceMaker Program

DifferenceMaker is a campus-wide program that engages UMass Lowell students in creative problem solving, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Are you a DifferenceMaker?

  • Do you have an idea?
  • Do you see a problem you want to solve?
  • Do you want to make a difference in your community, or in the world?

Sound like you? Get involved!

A team demonstrates their entry at the DifferenceMaker 2014 Francis College of Engineering Prototyping Competition.

Join the $50K Idea Challenge

Come support our DifferenceMaker teams at the $50K Idea Challenge as they pitch-off to win a portion of $50K in funding! Food, networking and fun!

Date, Time Location:

Refreshments will be served!

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Differencemaker Blog

Did you miss an event? Do you want to learn more about our teams? Check out the DifferenceMaker Blog today!

Real-Life DifferenceMakers

  • Peter Larsen

    Biology, Biotechnology

    The Honors College offered Peter Larsen a chance to explore outside his major, giving him a true liberal arts education and changing his career plans. Then DifferenceMaker helped him realize his dream of providing unique and inexpensive prosthetic hands to kids.

  • invisaWear

    DifferenceMakers

    invisaWear is a discrete wearable device that connects to a smart phone that sends an emergency alert to predetermined contacts when the wearer is in need.

  • Grab a Bite

    DifferenceMakers

    Grab a Bite received "Fan Favorite" at the Inaugural DifferenceMaker Idea Challenge, pushing them to the final round where they won the title “First to Market” and were awarded $3,500 by the panel of judges.