DifferenceMakers make an impact!

Difference@MCC
The DifferenceMakers at MCC made a major splash at the IDEA Challenge Pitch Contest on Monday, Dec 3rd. Five teams competed to win the top prize of $1,000 to help turn their idea into a reality. The ideas were outstanding! The problems addressed included voter apathy, driver safety, treatment for seasonal affective disorder, treatment for sensory processing disorder, and innovative resources for students.

17 students from across disciplines competed on 5 teams.
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1st place winners ($1,000 prize)
VotEd (Olivia Reposa, Michael Dignan, Gillian Inglis – Business)


2nd place winners ($500 prize)
Omni Sense (Christopher Bonaccolta, Brandon Laplante, and Stephen Gakuya – Mechancical Engineering)

3rd place winners ($300 prize)
HUSH (Ash Whiting, LAS and Katherine Schirpke – Business)

Congratulations!! We will keep you updated as things move along with their ideas.

Pictured below are winning teams with our judges.

Winners

A big thank you to our community Judges:

  • Jeanne L. Osborn, Marketing and Public Relations Manager at LifeLinks, Inc.
  • Colleen Gordon, Social Media Coordinator at University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Peter J. Bagley, Managing Director at Commonwealth Leadership Institute

And our MCC Judges:

  • Phil Sisson, Provost
  • Judy Hogan, Dean of Business, Legal Studies, and Public Service
  • Michele Stein, Computing and Engineering Department Chair

Interested in learning more? Check out our DifferenceMaker@MCC Idea Challenge page here

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Fall 2018 Entrepreneurship Courses

For Intro to Entrepreneurship (BUS 130) class, students focus on actively going through the entrepreneurial process, from idea generation and opportunity evaluation to planning and launch of a business. Students just finished a 3-week long competition to sell, sell, sell!

Student businesses included t-shirts, car detailing, hair extensions, baked goods, handmade blankets, and more.

Check out some of the awesome work they’ve done!

Competition Results 

Students will be donating $285 to the Boys & Girls Club of Lowell!

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Final Results

DifferenceMaker@MCC IDEA Challenge – Fall 2018

DifferenceMakers…

  • Have an idea
  • See a problem that needs solved
  • Want to make a difference in the community or world

Does this sound like you?

Then participate in the DifferenceMaker@MCC Idea Challenge. Join a team to pitch your awesome idea that solves a problem that will make a difference in the world!

Build your resume AND win awesome prizes to help you put it into action at the Idea Challenge Pitch Contest.

1st place $1000

2nd place $500

3rd place $300

What kinds of ideas …. 

  • Challenges can be about healthcare, technology, energy, homelessness, climate change, food security, etc…
  • It can be an innovative process, product, or idea.
  • The possibilities are endless.

How does it work?

  1. Form a student team
  2. Attend 3 workshops to help you prepare
  3. Compete in the IDEA Challenge Pitch Contest on Monday Dec 3rd

Find out more details and apply here!

Flyer 2018

Are you an everyday entrepreneur?

Do you want to start a community-based, local business? 

Retail store, beauty supply products, barber, fishing charters, natural food for athletes, historic home restoration, the ideas are endless… these are just some of our current Launch Your Business Now student ideas.

If so, the Launch Your Business Now program may be able to help you make your dream a reality! Not only will it help you get a foundation to start or grow your idea into a business opportunity, but you can pitch  your idea to a funding committee for seed money! 

Click here to learn more.

Our Fall 2018 Cohort …

Unique gifts store in downtown Lowell, beauty supply products boutique, a barber “on the run”, fishing charters, natural food for athletes, historic home restoration… these are just some of our current Launch Your Business Now student ideas….

and the ideas are endless…

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Spring 2018 MCC Shark Tank

MCC Entrepreneurship students are amazing! They are donating over $2100 in net profits back to the community!

For Intro to Entrepreneurship (BUS 130) class students, the semester was focused on actively going through the entrepreneurial process, from idea generation and opportunity evaluation to planning and launch of a business. Students took part in a 2-week competition to get the most sales. During that competition, students voted on a non-profit organization to donate all their net profit. This semester’s non-profit donation is going to the Boys and Girls Club of Lowell.

Student businesses included t-shirts, face scrub, food, wallets, audio files, shoe cleaning, decorative pillows, and a painting service. More info about the businesses and competition here!

Congratulations to all the students who worked so hard!
Lowell Night Class Net Profit: $774
Bedford Day Class Net Profit: $1346
Students are donating a TOTAL of $2120 

Students also pitched at the MCC Shark Tank. Each class pitched their business, the work they did, and results to three guest judges.

Lowell Night MCC Shark Tank
Thank you to our special guest judges!

  • Juan Boungou, PhD Student at UMass Lowell
  • Susu Wong, Founder, Tomo360 – Marketing Strategies
  • Professor Ashli Ree, Fashion Merchandising Program Coordinator at MCC

First place winner:
Trott’s Tees, Rachael Trott with guest judge Susu Wong

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Second place winner:
Driany’s Decorative Glass, Driany Cruz with guest judge Juan Boungou

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Third place winner:
Joel’s T-shirts, Joel Tatis with guest judge Ashli Ree

BUS 130 80 3rd place

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Bedford Day MCC Shark Tank
Thank you to our special guest judges!

  • Rich Denio, VP Operations, Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union
  • Dean Judith Hogan, Division of Business, Legal Studies and Public Service
  • Kristen McBride-Silva, Administrative Assistant, Division of Business, Legal Studies and Public Service

First place winner:
Humanity for the Homeless, Jack Stavro with guest judge Rich Denio

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Second place winner:
Holy Churros, Andrea Patino Galindo with guest judge Kristen McBride-Silva

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Third place winner:
Thrift Flip23, Sarah Donahue with guest judge Dean Hogan

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DifferenceMaker@MCC winner

Last fall, we launched a new partnership with UML to provide DifferenceMaker@MCC Idea Challenge programming. This pitch contest is for students from all disciplines. Last fall, the first place winner from our Idea Challenge was eligible to compete in the UML Spring Idea Challenge. Ten student teams pitched their innovative ideas to a panel of judges. Eleven teams in total received a portion of $50,000 in prizes.

The MCC team did an amazing job! Congratulations to ClassRoots for winning the Significant Social Impact award of $4,500!!!

Class Roots at UML

“A peer learning platform that aims to bring classmates together in order to make friends and utilize each other as tools for academic success.”

MCC student Kevin Seery is graduating this semester and will be attending UMass Lowell in the fall. This summer, Kevin will be at the university going through the DifferenceMaker Boot Camp for ClassRoots.

Everyday Entrepreneurs Program Launch!

The entrepreneurship program at MCC is very pleased about a new amazing opportunity!

The Everyday Entrepreneur Venture Fund recently awarded Middlesex Community College a $250,000 grant to help student entrepreneurs start or grow a small business. EEVF founders Chip Weismiller and Stuart Weismiller attended a meeting of the MCC Foundation Board of Directors to formally announce the award.

The Weismillers established the million-dollar venture fund to provide seed grants to community-college foundations for community-based new business start-ups. MCC is one of four colleges in the U.S. to receive an EEVF grant. The award is the first venture-fund grant in Massachusetts to be used exclusively to launch small community-based entrepreneurs. It will be administered through the MCC Foundation.

The EEVF grant was based on MCC’s work with community-based entrepreneurs and serves as a testament to the quality and growth of the college’s Entrepreneurship Program and faculty. Grant funds are limited to current students and qualified alumni.

Want to find out more?!! Check out the program website: Launch at MCC