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

Jacquie Moloney with Brian and Kim Rist at the opening of the Rist DifferenceMaker Institute

Thank you Kim and Brian Rist '77, Manning School of Business, for supporting the DifferenceMaker Program with a generous contribution and the establishment of the Rist DifferenceMaker Institute.

Three students and a professor hold an enlarged check for the People's Choice Winner at UMass Lowell DifferenceMaker competition

Attend the 2023 Preliminary Pitch-off!

Come support the participating DifferenceMaker Teams and learn about their innovative and creative ideas!

The top ten finalist teams will advance to the 2023 $50,000 Idea Challenge

Register to attend the DifferenceMaker 2023 Preliminary Pitch-off!

Student standing on stage at a DifferenceMaker event

Attend 11th annual $50,000 Idea Challenge!

Watch the ten finalist teams pitch their entrepreneurial ideas to guest judges for a chance to win thousands in funding!

Register to attend the 2023 DifferenceMaker $50,000 Idea Challenge

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? Do you want to join a team and work with other students? Sound like you?

Get involved with DifferenceMaker

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