DifferenceMaker Central

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Through the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, along with affiliated faculty and other campus programs, the university has introduced a range of activities geared toward expanding our students' understanding of how they can make a difference in the world.

The DifferenceMaker program 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.

The DifferenceMaker program 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.

The DifferenceMaker Program Explained was presented at the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance Conference in March 2013.

Take a Peek Inside

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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. 

All DifferenceMaker Events

  • FEB
    16
    Workshop 1: Identifying Problems
    5:30 PM

    Come join us at our DifferenceMaker Workshop Series. This series will help prep you for the 2016 $35K Idea Challenge. This first workshop (Identifying Problems) will help you identify problems you want to solve. You will also have the chance to meet students, faculty and staff which will help you build your team, and you will have the chance to brainstorm your ideas.

    Location: Makerspace, Falmouth 102, North Campus

    Time: 5:30-7:30pm

    Guest Speaker: Nancy Saucier, Director, New Venture Development

  • FEB
    16
    Workshop 2: Assessing Opportunities and Value Propositions
    5:30 PM

    Come join us at our DifferenceMaker Workshop Series. This series will help prep you for the 2016 $35K Idea Challenge. This second workshop (Assessing Opportunities and Value Propositions) will help you find the opportunities associated with the problems you want to solve. You will also have the chance to meet students, faculty and staff which will help you build your team. Food will be served.

    Location: Makerspace, Falmouth 102, North Campus

    Time: 5:30-7:30pm

    Guest Speaker: Tom ODonnell, Director, Innovation Hub 

  • FEB
    23
    Workshop 3: Developing Business Models
    5:30 PM

    Come join us at our DifferenceMaker Workshop Series. This series will help prep you for the 2016 $35K Idea Challenge. This third workshop (Developing Business Models) will teach you how to 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: Makerspace, Falmouth 102, North Campus

    Time: 5:30-7:30pm

    Guest Speaker: Tom ODonnell, Director, Innovation Hub

  • FEB
    25
    Workshop 4: Delivering your Rocket Pitch
    5:30 PM

    Come join us at our DifferenceMaker Workshop Series. This series will help prep you for the 2016 $35K Idea Challenge. The last workshop (Delivering your Rocket Pitch) will teach you how to develop and pitch your 5 minute presentation to judges. Food will be served.

    Location: Makerspace, Falmouth 102, North Campus

    Time: 5:30-7:30pm

    Guest Speaker: Steven Tello, Associate Vice Chancellor, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development 

  • APR
    01
    2016 DifferenceMaker Idea Challenge Preliminary Pitch-off
    3:00 PM

    The 2016 DifferenceMaker Idea Challenge Preliminary Pitch-off. 

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