UMass Lowell Entrepreneurship News

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    How to Enjoy Spring Break — Without Breaking the Bank

    UMass Lowell alumni Louis Cirignano ’20, Khyteang Lim ’16, ’18 and Tatiana Tompkins ’21 are helping people save for vacations and other major purchases with their FAM Social Finance app.
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    New Interdisciplinary Course Proves the Power of Invention

    A new interdisciplinary course, Adaptive Devices for Better Life, brings together students majoring in art and design, physical therapy and kinesiology, engineering and biology to create devices that assist disabled clients from the community.
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    Business Alum Swings Big with Benji Ball

    Business alum Benjamin McEvoy ’21 has turned his DifferenceMaker project Benji Ball into a game that’s now being played in nearly 200 school districts in 41 states across the country.
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    Zipper Buddy Sews Up DifferenceMaker Win

    Zipper Buddy, a clothing attachment that helps people with limited mobility to zipper their jacket, took the top prize at the Rist DifferenceMaker Institute’s Francis College of Engineering Prototyping competition at University Crossing.
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    Engineering Alum Building a Better Lobster Trap

    Plastics engineering alum Cormac Hondros-McCarthy ’15 is developing a ropeless lobster fishing system, LiftLabs, to protect the endangered North American right whale and prevent the loss of fishing gear.
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    Business Students Take Measure of Health Tech Startups

    Forty students from Management Prof. Scott Latham’s Strategic Management classes attended the Barracuda Bowl in Boston, a health tech pitch competition co-hosted by UML’s Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center.
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  • Sen. Pavel Payano provides opening remarks at the iHub Haverhill's Latino business event to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

    Empowering Latino Small Business Owners

    More than 100 Latino business owners, entrepreneurs and professionals recently gathered at the UMass Lowell Innovation Hub Haverhill, a business incubator and coworking space, to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.
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    Deshpande Symposium an Eye-Opener for Business Students

    Three co-op students from the Rist DifferenceMaker Institute attended the 12th annual Deshpande Symposium on Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Higher Education in Scottsdale, Arizona, where they learned how to make the program more inviting to all UML students.
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  • A woman wearing glasses and a purple shirt holds a microphone and speaks to contest judges seated in front of her

    Clean Green Challenge Taps Into Growing Sustainability Market

    Five teams, including three from UMass Lowell, took part in the Innovation Hub’s inaugural Clean Green Challenge, a pitch contest focused on sustainability for entrepreneurs and startups from across the region.
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    Students’ Life-Saving Device Takes Top DifferenceMaker Prize

    Catnap, a device to sense when toddlers are about to have a nocturnal asthma attack, won the top prize at the Rist DifferenceMaker Institute’s 11th annual $50,000 Idea Challenge, held recently at University Crossing.
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    Meeting of the Minds: Business Students Network at IDEA Con

    More than 20 Manning School of Business students and faculty members attended IDEA Con 2023, an innovation conference at Boston University where senior Jeurys Santiago spoke about his networking and marketing venture Minds With Purpose.
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    Haverhill iHub Serves as Springboard for Hometown Business

    After four years of growth at UMass Lowell’s Innovation Hub in Haverhill, information technology and consulting company Uncommon Catalyst has “graduated” to its own office space — just two floors up at Harbor Place.
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    Engineering Students Devise Way to Help Kids With Asthma

    Catnap, a device designed to alert parents when their sleeping child is having an asthma attack, won the ninth annual DifferenceMaker Francis College of Engineering Prototyping Competition, held recently at University Crossing.
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    Students’ Bright Idea for Solar Investing is a Real DifferenceMaker

    Solar Crowdfund, a platform that would let people invest money to fund large-scale solar projects, won the 10th annual DifferenceMaker Innovation Contest, sponsored by Digital Federal Credit Union and the Manning School of Business.
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    Great Debate: Business Professors Spar over Cryptocurrency

    Assoc. Prof. of Finance William Johnson debated Prof. Emeritus Jack Wilson on the pros and cons of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology during an event hosted by the Global Entrepreneurship Exchange program and the Jack M. Wilson Center for Entrepreneurship.
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    Fulbright Award Takes Business Professor’s Research to Madrid

    Assoc. Prof. of Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Michael Ciuchta received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award to research the Spanish entrepreneurial ecosystem while teaching at a university in Madrid.
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    Entrepreneurs Bridge Disciplines, Cultures and Time Zones

    The Manning School of Business’ Global Entrepreneurship Exchange virtual summer workshop drew 530 students from 20 countries, culminating in a 13-team venture pitch competition.
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    UML Students Mix Business with Entrepreneurship at Harvard

    A dozen Manning School of Business students shared their entrepreneurial ideas and networked with students from across the region at the Harvard Innovation Labs’ Cross-University Mixer.
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    UML’s Entrepreneurial Muscle Puts Squeeze on Digital Divide

    UMass Lowell’s Innovation Hub in Haverhill hosted the Digital Equity Challenge, where entrepreneurs and nonprofits pitched their ideas and projects for increasing digital access and literacy in Essex County.
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  • Four high school students in blazers hand out samples of the energy bar they are pitching to judges

    High Schoolers Get Entrepreneurial Entrée into UML

    Local college-minded high school students discovered how UMass Lowell supports entrepreneurship, innovation and creative problem-solving during recent campus events hosted by the Rist DifferenceMaker Institute.
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  • Mentor Deb Finch and student Adam Basma

    The Mentoring Effect

    For many students, a bond with a professor, an advisor, a coach or another person on campus can make all the difference in their college experience and set them up for future success. We checked in with several River Hawks who talked about their mentors on campus and the impact they’ve had.
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  • Elementary school students from Haverhill and Methuen enjoyed a morning filled with imagination and creativity at the iHub's Family Game Design Day

    Playing Games

    The Innovation Hub Haverhill hosted 21 students for its first Family Game Design day, teaching elementary-aged kids how to become budding game designers.
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    Local Biotech Startups Offer Students a Wealth of Internship Opportunities

    Students learned about internship opportunities at a dozen early-stage medical device and biotech startups during a networking event co-hosted by the Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2) and the UML student chapter of the Biomedical Engineering Society.
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    DifferenceMaker Celebrates 10 Years of Entrepreneurial Success

    Alumni of UMass Lowell’s Rist DifferenceMaker Institute returned to campus to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the program, which has spun off 40 companies that have generated over $4 million in revenue.
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    Why Has Entrepreneurship Thrived During the Pandemic?

    As the Rist DifferenceMaker Institute celebrates its 10th anniversary, Director Holly Lalos discusses why there’s been a resurgence in entrepreneurship during the pandemic, and Assoc. Prof. Li Sun shares research on how new ventures can survive a crisis.
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    Drumbeat Marketing Strategy for Startups

    The Innovation Hub welcomed Kate Campbell, vice president of Advisory Services at York IE, for a workshop on Drumbeat Marketing.
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  • DifferenceMaker®is a campus-wide program that engages UMass Lowell students in creative problem solving, innovation and entrepreneurship.

    Making a Difference for A Decade

    The DifferenceMaker program has provided training, mentoring and other resources to UMass Lowell student entrepreneurs who wish to address social, environmental and economic problems in the community and world for 10 years.
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    This Summer, They’ve Got the Beet

    Fresh Beets, the brainchild of adjunct music instructor Savanah Marshall ’13, ’16, served up a summer of music, street food and community education in downtown Lowell’s Kerouac Park.
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  • UML Nursing student Caroline Owusu

    Nursing Faculty Will Assist in Clinical Trials for New, Rapid COVID-19 Tests

    Solomont School of Nursing faculty will soon assist with clinical trials on rapid COVID-19 tests that are being developed as part of a massive federal effort. Assoc. Prof. Ainat Koren is leading the initiative, which will deploy nurses and nursing students to existing testing sites to gather patient samples and data.
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    Budding Entrepreneurs Gain Global Business Skills

    A total of 120 students from 14 countries learned about entrepreneurial concepts and worked in teams to build global venture plans during the Global Entrepreneurship Exchange program’s free, virtual summer workshop.
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  • At DifferenceMaker Demo Day, the women of Digital Life Prosthetics made a better pitch for their project.

    Seeing Success at DifferenceMaker Boot Camp

    At DifferenceMaker Demo Day, the four biomedical engineering majors of Digital Life Prosthetics were among nine teams that showed off revamped pitches, thanks to a four-week summer boot camp. During the camp, the women of Digital Life got a chance to see the success of Rajia Abdelaziz '16 and use her inspiration to fuel their project.   
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  • Ben McEvoy demonstrates Benji Ball

    Grad Makes Playing Baseball Accessible & Inclusive For All

    This feature story profiles Benjamin McEvoy, a business administration graduate who developed the lawn game Benji Ball through the DifferenceMaker program and is a 2021 Chancellor’s Medal for Community Service recipient.
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  • TrueFIT team member Siddhant Iyer Explains the project to a panel of eight alumni judges during the ninth annual DifferenceMaker Idea Challenge

    Airtight Argument Wins Top Prize in DifferenceMaker Showdown

    Pitching to alumni judges “Shark Tank” style, 10 teams from across the university competed in the finale of a yearlong contest to conceive and bring to market solutions to social issues or everyday problems.
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  • Mai Gaglione and Ava Gilligan of Tewksbury Memorial High School pitch their “Insulwatch” beneath the watchful eyes of judges, mentors and competitive peers.

    DifferenceMaker Program Draws in High School Students

    The reach of the Rist DifferenceMaker Institute extends well beyond the boundaries of the UML campus, and groups of area high school students recently met virtually to compete using ideas rooted largely in the ongoing pandemic.
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  • Greg Harris (center), president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, discusses the relationship between music and entrepreneurship during a recent Zoom call that included UMass Lowell's Thomas O'Donnell (top left), Savanah Marshall (bottom left) and Alan Williams (bottom center).

    Rock & Roll Hall of Fame President: Music, Entrepreneurship A Natural Combo

    Rock musicians and business tycoons aren't as different as one might think, said Rock & Roll Hall of Fame President and CEO Greg Harris during a recent virtual panel with music academics, including UMass Lowell's Savanah Marshall and Alan Williams.
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    GE2 Hosts Professional Development Workshop

    The Global Entrepreneurship Exchange program, in partnership with the Indo Universal Collaboration for Engineering Education, held a five-week virtual professional development workshop for faculty and students from India and Cambodia.
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  • Deborah Finch speaks at a podium with her book's cover superimposed

    Marketing Professor’s New Book Explores Posts with a Purpose

    In her new book “Wake Up Call: Lessons from the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge for Nonprofit Social Media,” Assoc. Teaching Prof. Deborah Finch explores how smaller nonprofit organizations can leverage the power of platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
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  • invisWear co-founders CEO Rajia Abdelaziz and CTO Ray Hamilton celebrate their new partnership with security company ADT

    Lowell-based invisaWear Partners with ADT for Enhanced Security Offerings

    Lowell-based invisaWear’s panic button jewelry, co-founded by UMass Lowell graduates Rajia Abdelaziz and Ray Hamilton, is now partnering with ADT, one of the most well-known national security companies, bringing together ADT’s mobile safety platform and invisaWear’s wearable safety devices. 
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  • The ConnectKnee team topped a field of 17 to take home top honors at the recent DifferenceMaker/Francis College of Engineering competition.

    DifferenceMaker Engineering Challenge: ConnectKnee Gets Leg-Up on Competition

    It was a cousin’s lacrosse injury that inspired Alyssa Mulry to dream up ConnectKnee, a brace that tracks a patient’s recovery time. And at the recent DifferenceMaker Francis College of Engineering finals, her team -- ConnectKnee -- topped 16 other teams for first place.
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    Innovation Contest Winners Want to Make Financial Literacy Fun

    Senior business majors Amy Michelin and Craig Williams won the eighth annual Rist DifferenceMaker DCU/Manning School of Business Innovation Contest for their “Financial Freedom Program,” an online platform that presents financial literacy education to high school and college students in a game-like environment.
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  • Associate Professor of Management Beth Humberd

    What Can We Learn from the Current ‘She-cession’?

    Assoc. Prof. of Management Beth Humberd examined why working women are being disproportionately impacted by the current “she-cession” and offered signs of hope, in a webinar hosted by the UMass Lowell Innovation Hub.
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  • Caroline Pineau, owner of Stem Haverhill, speaks during the webinar

    Building Back Up in Haverhill

    Three Haverhill entrepreneurs share their challenges and successes reopening their businesses during the pandemic.
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    Researchers Get a Dose of Business Education at Biotech 2020

    At Biotech 2020, a weeklong virtual course co-presented recently by the Manning School of Business, 45 Ph.D. students and postdoctoral researchers in health, science and medical programs from across the country learned how to transition to careers in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries.
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    Here’s How 640 Entrepreneurs Respond to a Pandemic

    More than 640 students and faculty from 23 countries participated in the Manning School of Business’ Global Entrepreneurship Exchange program, which pivoted to a one-week virtual session this summer because of the coronavirus pandemic.
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  • Business student Michael Hulen holds one of his company's masks

    Business Student Way Ahead of the Curve on Face Masks

    Manning School of Business student Michael Hulen started his own face mask business, STATEMENT, last fall — nearly six months before the coronavirus pandemic made wearing a mask in public a requirement across much of the country.
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  • Gov. Charlie Baker speaks at the UMass Lowell Innovation Hub

    Baker Reflects On 'Enormous Tragedy' At Nursing Homes

    Gov. Charlie Backer joined Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and UMass Lowell Chancellor Jacquie Moloney for an afternoon visit to UMass Lowell's Fabric Discovery Center, which has received funding through the state Manufacturing Emergency Response Team to conduct testing of locally produced personal protective equipment.
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  • Gov. Charlie Baker and State Sen. Karen Spilka listen to Alex Armento

    15 Companies Receive $9.5M in Grants to Produce PPE

    UMass Lowell’s Fabric Discovery Center received $130,781 to buy PPE performance testing equipment. The public university is planning to screen N95 respirators, gowns and face masks and work with manufacturers to fix products that don’t pass the tests.
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  • Jack Wilson speaks to students on campus

    Jack Wilson Saw Zoom Boom Coming – 20 Years Ago

    From his pioneering role in video conferencing software to his tenure as UMass president during the Great Recession, UML Distinguished Professor Jack Wilson provides a unique perspective on these uneasy times.
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  • Windows of Haverhill iHub display messages of hope

    iHub Businesses Respond, Adapt to COVID-19

    UMass Lowell Innovation Hub-based companies have developed some creative responses to address the COVID-19 crisis.
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  • The April 15 DifferenceMaker $50,000 Idea Challenge went virtual in light of the campus closure. MyGrow Fabrix took the top prize and team representative Justin Simone (top right) made his pitch from a home computer.

    Grow Fabric Tops DifferenceMaker Field

    Graduate student Justin Simone pitches a gem during the eighth annual DifferenceMaker $50,000 Idea Challenge, which was held online.
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  • UML student interns Rachel Papazian and Kimberly Carroll work at Versatope

    From Vaccines to Testing, M2D2 is ‘Laser-Focused’ on the Coronavirus

    The Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2) has quickly shifted its focus to connect members of the life sciences innovation community with resources and funding opportunities to advance solutions for the coronavirus pandemic, from testing and detection to, ultimately, an effective vaccine.
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  • 10 Haverhill High students display their certificates

    Innovation Hub Haverhill Hosts Game Design Studio

    The Innovation Hub Haverhill collaborated with a local video game design expert to host a 6-week video program for Haverhill High School students.
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  • And they sent in the clowns. During his turn at Pitch Karaoke, sophomore Sarorn Lin was ready for the next slide, having no idea it would be a series of clowns.

    Pitch Karaoke: Selling by the Seat of Your Pants

    Over the course of a light, fun evening, UML students and others tried to sell an audience and a trio of judges products and services. Just one catch ... everyone learned what the business did at the same time.
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  • DCU Innovations Manager Thomaz De Moura presents Pedro Piau and Oliver Jennings with their $500 prizes

    ‘Cash Forward’ on the Money at Innovation Contest

    Cash Forward, a project that proposes cash-back incentives from credit cards to be put into customers’ investment accounts, won the seventh annual Rist DifferenceMaker Innovation Contest, sponsored by Digital Federal Credit Union and the Manning School of Business.
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  • Welcome desk at medical device incubator at UMass Lowell

    Startup Incubator Aims to Spur Life-saving Innovations

    The Center for Advancing Point of Care Technologies, or CAPCaT, a joint operation between UMass Lowell and UMass Medical, is seeking more entrepreneurs to develop new technologies and medical devices designed to help patients with these conditions manage their well-being.
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  • UMass Lowell Innovation Hub in Haverhill

    Haverhill iHub Works for the Region’s Entrepreneurs

    The UMass Lowell Innovation Hub in Haverhill, one of the university’s premier business incubators for the region’s entrepreneurs, has created a new membership option for technology-based startups.
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  • UMass Lowell graduate student Michelle Mailloux pitches on behalf of her Ambulatory Innovation team, on their way to topping Harvard, MIT and a slew of other competitors at the 7th annual Beantown Throwdown.

    Student Entrepreneurs Bring Home Prestigious Throwdown Title

    They went, they conquered, they left. And in their dust were some top Boston universities. Ambulatory Innovation emerged atop the heap at the annual Beantown Throwdown pitch competition.
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    Students Peer Into the Future of Work

    The UMass Lowell Labor Education Program explored how students can prepare for the future of work at “The Gig Economy, Automation and You,” a panel discussion featuring Assoc. Prof. of Management Scott Latham and Thomas Kochan, co-director of the MIT Sloan Institute for Work and Employment Research.
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  • From left, Jack Wilson, Erin Keaney and faculty members Yi Yang and Ashwin Mehta.

    UMass Lowell Entrepreneur Shares Success of Startup

    Erin Keaney, 29, co-founder and chief operating officer of Nonspec, shared stories of growing the company at a campus event that marked Global Women’s Entrepreneurship Week.
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  • Robert Stringer holds a copy of his book while Yi Yang looks on

    Wilson Center for Entrepreneurship Examines Startup Culture

    Robert Stringer, an expert on startup business culture, discussed his latest book, “Culture.com: How the Best Startups Make It Happen,” with students and faculty during a talk hosted by the Wilson Center for Entrepreneurship in the Manning School of Business.
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  • Workshop participants pose for a group photo

    Wilson Center Hosts Chinese Management Scholars Workshop

    The Jack M. Wilson Center for Entrepreneurship hosted the annual Chinese Management Scholars Community research workshop, an event that drew almost 50 Chinese scholars from 30 universities from around the world.
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  • Benjamin McEvoy and Edward Morante sit at a table talking at DifferenceMaker bootcamp

    Boot Camp Makes a Difference in Pitch Power

    Each Thursday in June for five hours a day, members of nine DifferenceMaker teams refined, rebooted and reimagined the projects that earned them spots in summer boot camp.
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  • GE2 students share their project posters

    GE2 Program Celebrates Grand Milestone

    The Global Entrepreneurship Exchange (GE2) program reached the 1,000-student milestone as 75 students and faculty from 12 countries visited campus for two weeks of multicultural collaboration designed to teach the fundamentals of launching a business.
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  • CAIDE Systems Founder and CEO Kyewook Jacob Lee speaks while  Mayor William Samaras and City Manager Eileen Donoghue, listen.

    Mayor Applauds Two New Businesses

    Like Horsepower Technologies, CAIDE Systems got its start at the Innovation Hub at University of Massachusetts Lowell, an incubator for start-ups.
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  • A student shakes hands with keynote speaker Harvey Lodish

    Biotech East Explores Intersection of Science and Business

    The Manning School of Business and the Jack M. Wilson Center for Entrepreneurship hosted the first-ever Biotech East, a weeklong course for Ph.D. students and postdocs in health, science and medical programs interested in discovering the commercial side of science.
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  • In her Deshpande Symposium keynote speech Amy Nelson, CEO of Venture for America, told the crowd that creating entrepreneurs will be a challenge but a necessary one.

    Deshpande Symposium Looks to the Future

    The need to promote entrepreneurship among risk-averse millennials is a challenge facing colleges and universities across the country, according to Amy Nelson, CEO of Venture for America, speaking at the Deshpande Symposium.  
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  • UMass Lowell Vice Provost for Innovation and Workforce Development Steven Tello

    Online and On Campus, UML Quality is High

    UMass Lowell, a pioneer in online and continuing education, earns high rankings for its excellent professors and up-to-the-minute programs. Now it’s integrating its online and on-campus graduate programs in a new Division of Graduate, Online and Professional Studies.
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  •   From left, Edward Morante and Benjamin McEvoy pitch their Idea Challenge venture, Benji Ball.

    Benji Ball Hits DifferenceMaker Home Run

    A game modified to make baseball more inclusive, created by a DifferenceMaker team on a winning streak, topped 10 student teams to take home the $6,000 Rist Campuswide DifferenceMaker award at the seventh annual Idea Challenge competition.
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  • UMass Lowell alumnus Brian Rist

    UMass Lowell Expands DifferenceMaker Program

    UMass Lowell announced today that it is expanding its student entrepreneurship program to honor one of its most successful graduates.
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  • GE2 students pose on the front steps of the Deshpande House in India

    Students Learn About More than Entrepreneurship in India

    On an intensive, two-week study abroad trip to India, 13 undergraduate and graduate students learned about global entrepreneurship and innovation with the Manning School of Business’ Global Entrepreneurship Exchange program.
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  • The winners, the UMass Lowell-based team RAMS, collect their prize after placing first in the recent Haverhill Hackathon.

    Hacking for Good in Haverhill

    A team of first-year students rooted at UMass Lowell captured top honors and $5,000 in prize money at the first Hack Haverhill 24-hour hackathon competition, topping 14 other teams from colleges, high schools and the professional world.