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DifferenceMaker DCU / Manning School of Business Innovation Contest

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Have a "BIG" idea that could make a difference? Tell us about it!

  • Top Prize of $500 in cash per team member!
  • Each Finalist - $100 in cash per team member!

We want to hear your cutting-edge banking and financial innovations which could drive our future success in the industry. Possible focus areas include:

  • AI/Machine Learning
  • Blockchain
  • Mobile Technology Solutions
  • Future Payment Solutions
  • Financial Literacy Education
  • Small Business Solutions
  • Payday Lending Alternatives
  • Are you up to the challenge? We think you are!!

Examples of ideas include:

Important Dates

  • Kick-off Event: Sept. 21, 6-7:30 p.m. Register to attend the Kick-off event: Coming Soon.
  • Application Registration Opens: Sept. 21 at 5 p.m.
    • Each team must be officially registered into the contest by sending an email to on or before the deadline (Oct. 28, 2022). This includes identifying the team name, team members, and a brief summary of the planned entry (maximum of one paragraph). This should provide a very high level description of the area being focused on by your team. It is understood that specifics will not have been worked out at this point.
  • Executive Summary Due: Nov. 9, by 5 p.m.
    • Teams must submit entry by Oct. 28, 2022. Teams can create their entry using any software they have access to, although all entries must be converted to a .PDF file format (under 10 MB) for submission. Please send this via email to:
  • Finalist Teams Announced: Nov. 17, by 5 p.m.
  • Finalist Team Meetings with DCU: November
  • Final Competition: Dec. 1, 6-8:30 p.m., Saab Center, Perry Atrium, North Campus

More Information

Please read: More information, rules and guidelines.

Contact Us

Questions? Please email:

2022 Winner

  • Project Title: Solar Crowdfund
  • Description: Solar Crowdfund is a crowdfunding platform that allows people to invest money to fund large-scale solar projects used to combat climate change.
  • Team Members: Tolotra Samuel, Muhammad Khalil, and Borna Doroundi
  • Total Funds Awarded: $1,000 in cash!

Thank you to the 2022 judges!

  • Darcie Sunnerberg '87, Vice President/Sovereign Analyst, Loomis Sayles and Company
  • Sandesh Parulekar, Director of Information Systems Development, DCU
  • Hoang Nguyen '07, Director of Finance, DCU
  • Ed Gallagher '84, Senior Vice President (retired), Northeast Division, Comcast Business Services