Real Solutions For Real Problems.

Are you a DifferenceMaker?

  • You like to solve problems
  • You want to help shape the future
  • You hope to make a difference in your community - or in the world
  • You thrive in a supportive or collaborative environment

Sound like you? Get involved!

A team demonstrates their entry at the DifferenceMaker 2014 Francis College of Engineering Prototyping Competition.

Idea Challenge

We received almost 50 applications for the 2016 $35K Idea Challenge! Please remember to join our workshop series to help you prepare.


Workshop Series

Do you need help preparing for the Idea Challenge? 

Join our workshops series in February to help prepare you for the $35K Idea Challenge in April!

Real-Life DifferenceMakers

  • PointStick 



    In the finals of the Idea Challenge the judges awarded PointStick, a product that gives tactile and kinesthetic feedback to patients for both correct spinal alignment and breathing mechanics, second place in the “First to Market” award category.

  • Grab a Bite 

    Grab a Bite 


    Grab a Bite received "Fan Favorite" at the Inaugural DifferenceMaker Idea Challenge, pushing them to the final round where they won the title “First to Market” and were awarded $3,500 by the panel of judges.

  • Healthy Habits

    Healthy Habits


    At the DifferenceMaker Idea Challenge, Healthy Habits won first place in the category “Significant Social Impact,” and was awarded $3,500 to further implement their idea.