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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Masela Dentures '15

Masela Dentures creates a low cost alternative to expensive dentures.

Our 3D printed dentures will be more affordable than anything else on the market.
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Support Our Students '14

Support our Students (SOS) is a nonprofit organization that addresses the issue of hunger in the UMass Lowell community.

SOS is confident that they will be successful in their endeavors to support and feed students on campus.
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One of the members HOPPERS team holding a microphone and speaking in front of blue UMass Lowell backdrop.

Hoppers was designed to help children build social skills and problem solving skills.

Hoppers was designed to help children build social skills and problem solving skills.
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 Michael Dignan, Gillian Inglis and Olivia Reposa present VotED onstage at DifferenceMaker

VotED works to put the knowledge back into the user’s hands and create a platform that gives all of the information necessary on upcoming candidates and elections.

Just as it is our right to vote, it is our right to know where, how and most importantly, who we are voting for!
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 Use Cart team members Max Ushakov, Moya Alhayek and Daniel Falcone stand in front of their poster
USe Cart

USe Cart is a smart shopping cart that makes shopping faster and easier for customers, pushing self-checkout to a new level.

Let’s make shopping enjoyable again.
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