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

DigiBank is a software solution that aims to rid the world of pocket change.

DigiBank is a software solution that aims to rid the world of pocket change.

The DifferenceMaker Idea Challenge and College-based Competitions were amazing experiences!
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Cameron Edmonds, Matthew Pelland and Jackson Seal pose with their honourable mention prize for SASS at the DifferenceMaker Idea Challenge

SASS, also known as Solo-Adventurer Safety System, provides reliable GPS tracking and communication with a timed checking system to make sure the adventurer is always safe.

What we aim to address is a safety issue that thousands of outdoor enthusiasts face every day.
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Nick Jarek adjusts a video camera in a digital media studio at UMass Lowell
Nick Jarek '23
Digital Media

A summer co-op job with the DifferenceMaker program gave Nick Jarek a wider lens on his future career.

I love it here. The people I’ve met are so interested in helping me succeed.
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OTTOnomous Technology '14

OTTOnomous Technology is a novel solution for replacing camshafts in car engines with electro-mechanical actuators.

OTTOnomous Technology will revolutionize the automobile engine industry.
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Thomas Kiley delivers a rocket pitch for Bar Scene at the DifferenceMaker Idea Challenge
Bar Scene

Bar Scene is a mobile app that serves as a one stop shop for all things night-life and entertainment.

Don’t waste a precious night out at the wrong location. Get ready to go, we’ll take care of the rest!
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