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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 Demo Day on July 15!

Join us in supporting DifferenceMaker student teams as they pitch their new and improved ideas after attending the summer Boot Camp. Please join us if you are interested in mentoring a team and/or learning more about the DifferenceMaker Program.

Date: July 15, 2019

Time: 5:30-8 p.m.

Location: Innovation Hub, 110 Canal Street, Lowell MA


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


    ZHUUM is a mobile application platform aimed at helping owners across the food service industry drive out inefficiencies and reduce wait times.

  • WordPro

    WordPro is a vocabulary builder aimed at high school students learning a second language.

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