About the Center
The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship offers students and faculty of all disciplines the opportunity to work together to develop innovative and entrepreneurial solutions to the major problems facing our community, the region and the world. The Center hosts several programs that encourage social innovation and entrepreneurship among UMass Lowell students as well as the broader community in which we live. The DifferenceMaker program provides training, mentoring and other resources to UMass Lowell students and faculty who wish to address social, environmental and economic problems in our community. The Merrimack Valley Sandbox, generously supported by the Deshpande Foundation, encourages the development of entrepreneurial ventures and leaders through competitions and leadership training programs.
The goal of the Center is to aid the development of an innovative and entrepreneurial mindset among UMass Lowell students, faculty and graduates so they, in turn, can solve the very complex problems facing our community and society in this 21st century.