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Rist DifferenceMaker Institute

DifferenceMaker® is a campus-wide program that engages UMass Lowell students in creative problem solving, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Thank you to Kim and Brian Rist '77, Manning School of Business, for supporting the DifferenceMaker Program with a generous contribution and the establishment of the Rist DifferenceMaker Institute.

Teams by the Numbers

Are you a DifferenceMaker® ?

Do you have an idea?

Do you see a problem you want to solve?

Do you want to make a difference in your community, or in the world?

Do you want to join a team and work with other students?

Sound like you? Get involved!

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

Join Us At The $50,000 Idea Challenge

Join us in supporting student teams as they pitch their novel ideas to a panel of judges for a chance to win $50,000 in funding.

Date: April 24, 2019

Time: 5-8:30 p.m.

Location: University Crossing, Moloney Hall

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Building A Team

Do you need help building up a team for the $50,000 Idea Challenge?

Please visit our TeamMaker website.

Real-Life DifferenceMakers

  • Personalized Learning
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    Personalized Learning is a team that ensures students have the education that’s best for them in their college career by optimizing every student’s academic path.

  • Veteran’s QRF
    DifferenceMakers

    Veteran's QRF is a web platform that will simplify the application process for service connected disability benefits.

  • Project Starfish
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    Project Starfish is an effective, non-invasive, and cost-effective prosthetic hand for people with disabilities.

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