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DifferenceMaker Central

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

Through the Rist DifferenceMaker Institute, along with affiliated faculty and other campus programs, the university uses a range of activities geared toward expanding our students' understanding of how they can make a difference in the world.

DifferenceMaker® sponsors specific programs and activities that support students in solving big problems through innovative and entrepreneurial action.

We already know our students do make a difference, our many successful alumni are evidence of this, but rather than waiting for future graduates to discover their chosen career path, we introduce academic and extracurricular programs that specifically engage our students in innovative and entrepreneurial problem-solving.

DifferenceMaker provides training, mentoring and other resources to UMass Lowell students who wish to address social, environmental and economic problems in our community. In addition, our partner, Entrepreneurship for All, generously supported by the Deshpande Foundation, encourages the development of entrepreneurial ventures and leaders through competitions and leadership training programs.


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Check out a 360-degree photo of DifferenceMaker Central and photos from our competitions on UMass Lowell's Virtual Tour at the Lydon Library stop. 

  • FEB
    24

    Come join us at our DifferenceMaker Workshop Series. This series will help prep you for the 2020 $50,000 Idea Challenge. This third workshop (Developing Business Models) will teach you how to develop and use the business model canvas to further your idea. You will also have the chance to meet students, faculty and staff which will help you build your team.

    Food will be served.

    Location: Lydon Library, Room 110

    Time: 5:30-7:30pm

    5:30 PM
  • FEB
    27

    Come join us at our DifferenceMaker Workshop Series. This series will help prep you for the 2020 $50,000 Idea Challenge. The last workshop (Delivering your Rocket Pitch) will teach you how to develop and verbally pitch your 5-minute presentation to judges. 

    Food will be served.

    Location: Lydon Library, Room 110

    Time: 5:30-7:30pm

    5:30 PM
  • APR
    15

    Please join us at The Rist DifferenceMaker $50,000 Idea Challenge!

    Come cheer on our UMass Lowell DifferenceMaker student teams at the 2020 Annual $50,000 Idea Challenge Finals. This event will take place on Wednesday, April 15 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. in Moloney Hall, Room 260, University Crossing.

    The field has been narrowed down from a diverse and competitive pool of applications to just 10 teams who will pitch their ventures to a panel of alumni judges.

    The evening will begin with poster presentations by the finalist teams, as well as student teams who participated in the Preliminary Pitch-off. The finalist teams will then present a series of 5-minute pitches to the panel of judges. Lastly, the judges will deliberate and give away $50,000 in prize money and services to the 11 teams, which includes a Fan Favorite prize. 

    5:00 PM

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