UMass Lowell Entrepreneurship News

  • Two young women and a man in glasses pose for a photo in front of a conference backdrop

    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.
    Department News
  • 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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  • A student holds a model airplane with clear wings for four other students to see

    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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  • A young man with a beard makes a presentation on a stage in front of a photo of three people

    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.
    Department News
  • A man in glasses and a blue jacket stands on a bridge with a building behind him

    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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  • A student holding a microphone gestures to a screen with an airplane diagram behind him while making a presentation

    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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  • A man gestures while speaking at a podium while two women look on

    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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  • A man speaks into a microphone as another man looks on

    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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  • A man and a woman pose for a photo in front of flags of Spain and the United States

    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.
    Department News
  • A group of students wearing face coverings pose for a photo

    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.
    Department News
  • A man holds a microphone while standing at a podium and speaking to a crowd

    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.
    Department News
  • A female student wearing a masks holds a microphone and paper while speaking, while a man and a woman look on

    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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  • A man in a blue blazer speaks from a glass podium

    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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  • A woman in a wheelchair holds a microphone while speaking on stage

    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 is about creating a clear, consistent message

    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.
    Department News
  • 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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  • three band members play saxophones in an outdoor park

    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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  • screenshot of the Zoom screen from the GE2 finale

    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.
    Department News
  • 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.
    Groton Herald In The News
  • 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.
    Department News
  • 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. 
    Lowell Sun In The News
  • 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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  • A Zoom screenshot of Innovation Contest judges and participants applauding the winning team

    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.
    Department News
  • 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.
    Department News
  • Screenshot of the Biotech course on Zoom

    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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  • A screenshot of GE2 participants on Zoom

    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.
    WGBH In The News
  • 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.
    MassLive In The News
  • 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.
    Department News
  • 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.
    Department News
  • 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.
    Lowell Sun In The News
  • 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.
    Press Release
  • 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 listen to the panel discussion

    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.
    Lowell Sun In The News
  • 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, “ 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.
    Department News
  • 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.
    Department News
  • 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.
    Lowell Sun In The News
  • 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.
    Press Release
  • 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.
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  • Benjamin McEvoy of Benji Ball celebrates his second DifferenceMaker preliminary win in two nights.

    DifferenceMakers Listen, Learn, Remake

    In an intense week of DifferenceMaker competition across three colleges, Benji Ball emerged as a two-time winner. Air Allign emerged tired but with hearts in the right place.
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  • Bill Cummings laughs while he's introduced at UCrossing

    Billionaire Philanthropist Makes Big Impression on Students

    Bill Cummings, a self-made real estate magnate and billionaire philanthropist, shared life lessons with 200 Manning School of Business students at an event hosted by the Wilson Center for Entrepreneurship and supported by the student-run Real Estate Network Association.
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  • from left, Tom O'Donnell, director of UML's iHub, Mouli Ramani, president and CEO of Horsepower Technologies, and iHub Associate Director Lisa Armstrong, in the entrance to Horsepower Technologies' new office

    iHub Helps Horsepower Technologies Get a Leg Up

    After "graduating" from the iHub Oct. 1, Horsepower Technologies, which is pioneering rehabilitative orthotic devices for horses, headed for the fifth floor of Wannalancit Mills on Cabot Street, a space with room to grow. 
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  • Homecoming guests eat caramel apples

    River Hawk Pride Shines Through at Homecoming

    Alumni of all ages had plenty to be proud of at River Hawk Homecoming 2018 — from the university reaching its $125 million fundraising goal ahead of schedule, to the hockey team’s season-opening win, to an upcoming visit by Oprah Winfrey.
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  • Ron Insana speaks with student

    DifferenceMaker Celebration Brings Star Power

    The fourth annual DifferenceMaker Celebration was twice as good as expected. Not only did CNBC commentator Ron Insana serve up a helping of witty business talk on the very day the Dow plunged more than 800 points, but Dean Kamen – the New Hampshire-based engineer and Segway inventor – showed up and spoke to the sold-out crowd, too. 
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  • Lab technicians test new super remover

    Safer Alternative to Toxic Paint Strippers to Go to Market

    Consumers will soon have a safer alternative to dangerous paint strippers that have claimed dozens lives around the country, thanks to a new formula developed by Toxics Use Reduction Institute researchers at UMass Lowell that is being brought to the market through a licensing agreement with SRD NEWGEN.
    Press Release
  • Tyler Cote is the first full-time employee of Operation250

    Student Counterterrorism Project Gets Boost from $1 Million Grant

    Operation250, which began as a student project to combat terrorism, is the subject of a $1 million U.S. government grant to develop and evaluate its program for teaching children, teenagers, parents and educators about online safety, hate sites and terrorist recruitment tactics.
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  • Research seminar attendees pose for group photo

    Wilson Center Examines ‘Born-Global’ Social Ventures

    The Jack M. Wilson Center for Entrepreneurship hosted Prof. Lei Li from the Nottingham University Business School in China for a research seminar on “born-global” social ventures.
    Department News
  • Business student Robert Taschner talks with GE2 participants

    From China to Lowell, Young Entrepreneurs Join Forces

    More than 150 students from 11 countries, including 27 UML students, participated in two-week Global Entrepreneurship Exchange program sessions this summer in China and Lowell.
    Department News
  • Students ride on a gondola on a canal in Venice

    River Hawks Spread Their Wings Abroad this Summer

    There are 150 UML students studying abroad in 20 different countries this summer, as the International Experiences & Study Abroad office continues to provide new ways for students to become globally engaged while gaining valuable career skills.
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  • Female student works in lab

    Business Accelerator Takes Aim at U.S. Health Threats

    The federal agency tasked with solving critical health threats to Americans has chosen the Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2) as one of only eight business incubators in the nation to help startups develop means of eradicating influenza and sepsis.
    Press Release
  • Brian Hess, Andrey Marchenko and Christy Cavaleri watch Mike Brown apply the glue to a piece of bone.

    Lowell Company Developing 'Bone Glue' to Help Healing

    Officials at LaunchPad Medical, LLC, say they're on the right track to breaking ground in developing "bone glue." They worked at incubator spaces at UMass Lowell, under the Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2) umbrella.
    Lowell Sun In The News
  • Dianne Welsh (center) of UNC Greensboro receives the Excellence in Curriculum Innovation in Entrepreneurship Award at the 2018 Deshpande Symposium. She is flanked by Jayshree and Desh Deshpande.

    Educators Get It Done at the Deshpande Symposium

    Julie Lenzer brought her message of creative disruption to the seventh annual Deshpande Symposium for Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Higher Education, which drew more than 300 educators, researchers and entrepreneurs, all looking for ways to infuse innovation into academia. 
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    Desh Deshpande: Entrepreneurship is A Contact Sport

    Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande has a golden touch when it comes to making a business prosper. We asked him three questions in advance of the seventh annual Deshpande Symposium, June 11 through 13 at the Inn & Conference Center.
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    UMass Lowell Center to Join Fight against U.S. Health Challenges

    The Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2) -- a joint partnership between UMass Lowell and UMass Medical Center -- was introduced Tuesday as among eight accelerators selected by the Department of Health and Human Services under the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority.
    Lowell Sun In The News
  • Deb Finch stands with Marty Meehan, Rob and Donna Manning and Jacquie Moloney at the reception

    Business Prof Wins Manning Prize for Teaching Excellence

    Manning School of Business Senior Lecturer Deb Finch won the 2018 Manning Prize for Excellence in Teaching, awarded annually to one faculty member from each of the five UMass campuses.
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  • George Le of Iron Legion tell the DeifferenceMaker Idea Challenge judges how he will work drones for municipalities

    Iron Legion Hovers Above the Competition

    The sixth annual DifferenceMaker Idea Challenge spawned some unique ideas among the 10 finalists, including the winning proposal for a network of public safety drones.
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  • Topacan in action

    Rising from the Ashes, TopaCan Hits the Market

    Industrious and driven to entrepreneurship, 25-year-old mechanical engineering grad Justin Lozier ’17 invented TopaCan, “the most convenient ashtray in the world.” 
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  • Piles of rubble and trash are everywhere in Haiti, which has little sanitation infrastructure

    Civil Engineering Students Use Know-how to Help in Haiti

    A dozen civil and environmental engineering majors created their own senior capstone class to take on the challenge of designing home sanitation systems for a community in Haiti. The students traveled to Haiti to learn more about the people and local conditions.
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  • the team behind InvisaWear

    InvisaWear Gaining Visibility

    The smart jewelry company began in 2016 as a DifferenceMaker project but is gaining big-time sparkle as it launches to the rest of the world.
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  • Harbor Place in downtown Haverhill

    UMass Lowell Close to Home

    Located about 20 miles north of the Lowell campus on two floors in the brand-new Harbor Place development, our new Haverhill campus provides UMass Lowell alumni from the upper Merrimack Valley, North Shore and seacoast areas an opportunity to engage and participate in events, programs, coworking space and networking.
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  • Linda Barg, who has been president of the UML Finance Society for the past two years, has signed up for the leadership RHED

    River Hawk Experience Distinction Rewards Student Involvement

    UMass Lowell is launching a unique program to recognize student involvement outside the classroom – and connect it with coursework. The new River Hawk Experience Distinctions will be offered in four areas: entrepreneurship, leadership, community engagement and global engagement.
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  • UMass Lowell TURI Research Manager Greg Morose on CBS This Morning

    Researchers Tout Alternative to Potentially Deadly Paint Stripper

    CBS News's Anna Werner speaks with UML researcher Greg Morose of TURI, who came up with a safe, cost-effective alternative to hazardous paint strippers. Watch a demonstration of the performance of the new formulation. 
    CBS News In The News
  • Exterior building shot of 110 Canal St., Lowell

    Welcome to Boomtown: Greater Lowell Business Grows

    Three companies reached deals to build office space, retail space, and apartments in the Hamilton Canal Innovation District, finally bringing the promise of company to UMass Lowell's innovation hub at 110 Canal St.
    Lowell Sun In The News
  • E-Ink executives Lynne Garone and Simon Nip with UMass Lowell co-op students Robert Rosario and Daniel Magee

    E Ink Partners with UML on Workforce Training, Co-ops and Innovation

    E Ink is expanding its partnership with UMass Lowell beyond co-ops and internships, thanks to a $196,000 workforce training grant that the Division of Online and Continuing Education helped the high-tech company obtain from the state and the opening of more innovation labs on campus.
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  • DCU Innovation Contest judges listen to a pitch

    Young Entrepreneurs Make an Immediate Difference

    A pair of Manning School of Business freshmen designed a mobile banking security app that won the DCU Innovation Contest, one of three semester-ending DifferenceMaker competitions held across campus.
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  • Invisawear jewelry

    Smart Jewelry Calls for Help in Emergency

    InvisaWear, the brainchild of alum Rajia Abdelaziz, has created smart jewelry with a patent-pending chip that silently signal for help.
    WFXT In The News
  • Mouli Ramani, president and CEO of Horsepower Technologies

    Inside 110 Canal, Startups Working on Next Big Thing

    Tom O'Donnell oversees the operations at 110 Canal St., home of UMass Lowell's Innovation Hub, Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center, and, soon, the Fabrics Discovery Center.
    Lowell Sun In The News
  • Nonspec is moving toward the market and winning acclaim

    UML Startup Nets $50K Grant from Accelerator Program

    How do you take the world by storm while lending it a hand? The co-founders and partners in Nonspec Inc., an emerging business that makes affordable prosthetics, are finding out after they landed a $50,000 prize as one of the Top 26 startups at MassChallenge, the Boston-based business accelerator. 
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  • hackers

    UML Hosts America East Hackathon

    The university will host the second annual America East hackathon Nov. 4 and 5, drawing students from across the Northeast to find solutions to some big problems.
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  • Convocation 2017 was a time for new students to bond over shared values

    Convocation Celebrates Unity

    The largest group of new incoming UML students were welcomed to campus with a call to join together and celebrate difference.
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  • M2D2 contest winner

    M2D2 Announces Winners of $100K Challenge

    The University of Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2) recently named the winners of its sixth annual M2D2 $100K Challenge. 
    Press Release
  • Jerry Engel gives one of three keynotes talks during the Deshpande Symposium

    Education Meets Entrepreneurship at Deshpande Symposium

    For three days, UMass Lowell hosted the sixth annual Deshpande Symposium, drawing more than 300 educators and business people to discuss how entrepreneurship can drive growth and transformation in higher education.
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  • Gururaj Deshpande

    Deshpande Symposium Announces Finalists for National Awards

    The organizers of the sixth annual Deshpande Symposium on Innovation and Entrepreneurship today announced the finalists for national awards that will be given next month in recognition of innovation and entrepreneurship in higher education. 
    Press Release
  • Radiation detector

    Physics Professor Co-invents New Low-cost Nanofilm Radiation Detector

    Prof. Erno Sajo, in collaboration with researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, has developed a new class of inexpensive nanofilm radiation detectors that can be used in everything from health care to homeland security.
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  • Vice Chancellor Steve Tello talks about entrepreneurship programs at UMass Lowell

    Steven Koltai Advocates Peace through Entrepreneurship

    Entrepreneur and former State Department adviser Steven Koltai is on a mission: building peace through entrepreneurship. He says economic desperation is the primary cause of conflict — and encouraging job creation through entrepreneurship should be the focus of foreign policy.
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  • Rajia Abdelaziz and Ray Hamilton celebrate their award.

    IHub Looks to Attract New Ventures to City, and Keep Them

    Just as entrepreneurs feet the pull of starting a company, UMass Lowell seeks to attract early-stage ventures to its iHub at 110 Canal St. The iHub "is here for a very particular reason," said Steven Tello, the university's senior associate vice chancellor for entrepreneurship and economic development.
    Lowell Sun In The News
  • 2016 M2D2 $100K Idea Challenge

    M2D2 Kicks Off Sixth Annual $100K Challenge

    The University of Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2) is kicking off its sixth annual M2D2 $100K Challenge, a nationwide competition that showcases the innovative ideas of early-stage medical device, diagnostic and biotech companies. The deadline to apply is Feb. 13, 2017.
    Press Release
  • Andrew Sutherland mentors a DifferenceMaker team

    DifferenceMaker Mentors Return the Favor

    Alumni mentors know how things work in the real world, and they’re happy to share their knowledge with students in the DifferenceMaker program.
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  • Wannalancit Business Center at UMass Lowell

    EternoGen Joins Lowell's M2D2 Incubator

    EternoGen Aesthetics LLC, which has products designed to restore lost dermal tissue, announced on Wednesday that it will be opening offices within the Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2), located in the Wannalancit Mills on Lowell's Suffolk Street.
    Lowell Sun In The News
  • UMass Lowell Image

    UMass Partners for Better Biotech

    UMass Lowell already has a strong program in advanced manufacturing, anchored by the Massachusetts BioManufacturing Center on campus. Now, the university's program will get even stronger as it joins a public-private partnership to develop new advanced manufacturing technologies and train a skilled workforce.
    Lowell Sun In The News
  • Julie Nash, the new vice provost for student success, aims to increase retention and provide high-impact learning experiences for all students.

    Julie Nash is Building on a Culture of Student Success

    Julie Nash, the new vice provost for student success, is charged with building a university culture that not only helps students stay on track, but achieve at higher levels.
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  • UMass Lowell Chancellor Jacqueline Moloney speaks at an innovation conference at M2D2

    Johnson & Johnson Taps M2D2 for Training Site

    UMass Lowell's M2D2 startup lab has been named one of a small number of training facilities run by the conglomerate Johnson & Johnson.
    Lowell Sun In The News
  • UMass Lowell Chancellor Jacqueline Moloney, left, and vice chancellor Patricia McCafferty walk through the Harbor Place

    Innovation Station: Harbor Place Could Become the Next High-tech Hub

    Officials from UMass Lowell outlined plans to bring an innovation hub to the new downtown Harbor Place commercial building in Haverhill in hopes the city will become another Cambridge as a "go-to place" for innovation.
    Eagle-Tribune In The News
  • Liam plays basketball

    Students Help Boy’s Hoop Dream Come True

    Students from the eNABLE Lowell group fitted 8-year-old Liam Haggerty with a custom-made artificial hand at the South Campus basketball court.
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  • The campus celebrated its entrepreneurial spirit recently.

    University Celebrates Campus Entrepreneurs

    In unveiling a fresh structure, the university’s engine of entrepreneurship and economic development celebrates those who get it there.
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  • Burhan Colak poses with fellow members of the Turkish Armed Forces

    Psychology Grad Helps Thwart Coup Attempt in Turkey

    Burhan Colak ’15, who returned to service in the Turkish Armed Forces after earning his master’s in community social psychology, helped put down the recent coup attempt in Turkey.
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  • Students laugh while playing volleyball

    Global Entrepreneurship Course Spawns Act of Charity

    Manning School’s Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation summer session grows to 122 students from eight countries, including 49 from Myanmar who make $1,470 donation to local Burmese community center.
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  • Erin Graceffa

    Students Relish Symposium Riches

    For the first time, students and recent grads were included in the annual Deshpande Symposium, and they took advantage of access to the professionals.
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  • From left are Ryan Bean, Innoblative's product development manger; CEO Tyler Wanke; and Chief Technology Officer Bob Rioux.

    Innoblative is Top Winner at M2D2 $100k Challenge

    Innoblative, a startup connected to UMass Lowell's Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center, hopes that a new product it's developing will be able to quickly and easily remove those potentially cancerous cells using what's called radio-frequency ablation.
    Lowell Sun In The News
  • 2016 DifferenceMaker $35K Idea Challenge finals

    Entrepreneurship Contest Rewards Best Student Ideas

    Dozens of UMass Lowell students and recent graduates eager to make their mark as innovators had a chance to test their mettle before business leaders and the public during the recent finals of the university’s 2016 DifferenceMaker $35K Idea Challenge.
    Press Release
  • DifferenceMaker judge examines prosthetic hand

    Helping Hand Makes the Biggest Difference

    Ten teams pitched and vied for a piece of the $35,000 purse in the fourth annual DifferenceMaker Idea Challenge.
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  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks at Business Matchmaker event

    Sen. Warren Plays Matchmaker at Tsongas Center

    Hundreds of small business owners flocked to the Tsongas Center for U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s third annual Massachusetts Business Matchmaker event.
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  • Students work through the night at Hawkathon

    Hawkathon: A Day (and Night) for Invention

    Nearly 100 students from across the region gathered at the Innovation Hub to bring good things to life — by hacking them.
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  • NM2D2 launch

    M2D2 Hosts Fifth Annual New Venture Competition

    UMass Lowell Chancellor Jacquie Moloney spoke before more than 100 medical-device and biotech entrepreneurs and investors Wednesday at the fifth Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2) New Venture Competition Showcase.
    Lowell Sun In The News
  • global entrepreneurs pose in India

    Budding Entrepreneurs Gain Global Perspective in India

    This winter, 60 students from the United States, India, China, Japan and Thailand came together in Hubli, India, for the university’s semi-annual Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation course.
    Department News
  • Prof. Rudolf Faust

    National Academy of Inventors Honors Prof. Faust

    Chemistry Prof. Rudolf Faust, a world-renowned expert and pioneer in developing the chemical properties of plastics, was recently named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.
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  • Jonathan Burgin presents

    University’s Innovation Ecosystem Flourishes

    Faculty and students from a wide swath of disciplines demonstrate why the university is increasingly becoming known for its entrepreneurial prowess.
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  • Weave: Software

    Weave (Web-based Analysis and Visualization Environment) is an open source software service that already has active users and generates revenue.
    Department News
  • Passive Software Testing: Software

    This passive software testing technology was developed by Dr. Guanling Chen, a computer science professor at UMass Lowell. It is a coarse-grained modeling method for automated graphical user interface (GUI) testing of contest-aware android applications.
    Department News
  • Health Mobile Application: Software

    Professor Guanling Chen from the Computer Science department at UMass Lowell invented an energy-efficient continuous location tracking system that works with Android smartphones. This technology will be utilized to develop two mobile applications that target location-based behavior health markets.
    Department News
  • Lidar Ground Satellite: Environmental Monitoring

    Physics and Applied Physics prof. Supriya Chakrabarti founded the Lidar Ground Satellite, which sits on the ground and sends out pulses of light that create a 360-degree, 3D picture to measure the effects of radiation, erosion and carbon in the environment.
    Department News
  • Wireless RF Passive Strain Sensor: Health and Safety Monitoring

    Prof. Ramaswamy Nagarajan from the department of plastics engineering at UMass Lowell has developed a new type of strain sensor suitable for wirelessly monitoring the mechanical deformation in tension, compression or bending using radio frequency based interrogation.
    Department News
  • E-Tongue: Health and Safety Monitoring

    Civil and Environmental Engineering prof. Pradeep Kurup has designed the Electronic Tongue, an innovative technology invented for food safety applications and environmental monitoring. It is used to detect heavy metals and other inorganic contaminants in water.
    Department News
  • Nonspec: Medical Device

    Engineering graduate students Jonathan DeAlderete, in mechanical engineering and Erin Keaney, in plastics engineering are the leaders of their new venture called Nonspec.
    Department News
  • Ultrasound Optical Sensor: Medical Device

    This technology is a fiber optic photoacoustic ultrasound probe developed by Xingwei Wang from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UMass Lowell.
    Department News
  • BUZSAW Medical Device

    Joel Therrien of UMass Lowell’s Electrical & Computer Engineering department has developed a QCM/SAW based acoustic wave (AW) device that addresses the limitations of current commercial technology.
    Department News
  • UMass Lowell Image Tory Germann

    Students Start Their Legacies on Day One

    From "Cupcakes" to an Olympic athlete, 2,750 new students started the semester with inspiration from people who have dreamed big and worked hard for success, outlining the possibilities ahead.
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  • Greg Bialecki and Marty Meehan at Wannalancit/Sun photo by Bob Whitaker

    Business Looks for a Boost

    Greg Bialecki, the state's secretary of Housing and Economic Development, praised the efforts of one of the sponsors of the forum, UMass Lowell's Massachusetts Medical Device Development (M2D2) Center, which helps startup medical-device companies obtain venture capital to fund efforts to bring inventions to market.