Create your own path. Be the driver of your future career. Combine your passion for creativity or desire to create change with your work in the classroom. Inspire others with your creative work or solutions to real world problems.

What are entrepreneurial and creative endeavors?

Students learn to set their own course by having experiences in early stage start-ups, advancing ideas to solve real world problems, or create artistic, written or performance-based projects. 

DifferenceMakers By the Numbers

  • $5M
    raised by teams
  • 40
    companies formed by teams
  • 11
    Number of teams patents filed or issued

Meet the DifferenceMakers

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Hydraulic Walker '15
DifferenceMakers

The Hydraulic Walker utilizes hydraulics, allowing for the legs to be quickly adjusted, so that it can be used on stairs.

We have a product unlike any other.
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Nicholas Norcross and Kevin Seery onstage with Steve Tello, Holly Butler and their “Significant Social Impact” award at the 2018 DifferenceMaker Idea Challenge, a $4,500 prize they are using to develop their ClassRoots application platform
ClassRoots
DifferenceMakers

ClassRoots is an organization striving to facilitate connections between students in the classroom and to share this with their instructors.

Now more than ever, having a college education is extremely important. And with the rising cost of college tuition, academic success is very important.
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Treehouse '14
DifferenceMakers

A website and phone application that connects people with plans, events and small businesses nearby.

Treehouse will revolutionize how people and businesses connect and make plans.
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Happyben Patel, sharing her idea during one of DifferenceMaker's workshop series.
Happy Pinning
DifferenceMakers

Happing Pinning is an effective, effortless device that clips clothing together.

Happing Pinning is an effective, effortless device that clips clothing together.
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Thanh Hoang and Trung Nguyen onstage with Steve Tello, Holly Butler and their “ Innovative Technology Solution” award at the 2018 DifferenceMaker Idea Challenge, a $4,500 prize they are using towards DEXTER, the pesticide-spraying robot
DEXTER
DifferenceMakers

DEXTER is aiming to help reduce the costs financially and environmentally to fruit farms by improving the efficiency of spraying pesticides on farms, and to helping to reduce the financial strain that comes with dumping the pesticides over their crops.

Pesticides are the best and worst invention, best for being able to increase a crop’s yield and provide more produce, and worst because of the environmental and health-related issues of them being used excessively.
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