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 

Spring 2018 Entrepreneurship Courses

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. After launch, students took part in a 2-week competition to sell, sell, sell! 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. Find out more specifics below.

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Competition Results
Congratulations to all the students who worked hard during this competition!
Lowell Night Class Net Profit: $774
Bedford Day Class Net Profit: $1346
TOTAL $2120

Because of our students hard work, total donations being made are
$1808 to the Boys and Girls Club of Lowell and
$312* to the Under the Oak Homeless Outreach Program

*this was a special social entrepreneurship project completed by Jack Stavro, see below for more info…

In the Bedford Day class, a special congratulations to Jack Stavro and Andrea Patino Galindo for making the two highest net profits. Andrea’s Churro business had $513 in sales.

In the Lowell night class, a special congratulations to Mickey Le and Rachael Trott for making the most net profit. Mickey’s photography business had $420 in sales.

Learn more about what the students were up to below.

BUS 130 – 01 (Bedford Day)


A special social entrepreneurial project, Humanity of the Homeless helped educate people around the issues of homelessness. This project raised $325 in donations to the Under the Oak Homeless Outreach Program in Lowell.

Fresh Off the Boat Apparel

Authentic Bath Bombs by Amy 

Para-cords key chains 

Wonder Wallets 

Sweet and Smart MCC 



Thrift Flip 23

The Art of Paint 

Boston Lanyards 

Overall, this class earned $1,302 in net profits to donate. $990 to the Boys and Girls Club of Lowell and $350 to the Under the Oak Homeless Outreach Program in Lowell. 

Check out BUS 130-80 (Lowell Night)

Trott Tees 

King Churros


Overall, this class earned $804 in net profits to donate to the Boys and Girls Club of Lowell.

Final Results

Slide Show MCC Shark Tank Spring 2018


Entrepreneurial Events in April

Join the IDEA Center at
entrepreneurial events in April:
All are welcome to participate and the events are FREECONNOR BEEBE, product designer
learn about the importance of a professional brand
and how to navigate from college to career.

11:00 AM- 12:20 PM

KEVIN WILLETT, founder Friends of Kevin & New England B2B Networking
hear one entrepreneur’s story then learn about the importance of networking and how to do it!
9:30 AM – 10:45 AM

Thomas Storr, Owner of Swiss Bakers
Leslie Cregg, Owner of Planned Perfectly Events
and Zoe Wakefield, Trip Advisor
hear from professionals in the hospitality, culinary arts, restaurant and events industries on their careers, educational experiences and career advice.  
11:00 AM – 12:15 PM


Help support the MCC Student Venture Fund

What does the MCC Student Venture Fund do? We help students start businesses! Our students often need help with startup costs, so our fund allows them to apply for up to $100 in funding to get going. Find out more. 

Help support the MCC Student Venture Fund by purchasing a beautiful $20 t-shirt designed by the legendary Eyeformation. Check out more of Eyeformation’s work. 

Want to buy a shirt? Stop by the IDEA Center!



Lowell Makes

Lowell Makes is a community workshop and laboratory located in downtown Lowell. Led by a group of artists, engineers, makers, and thinkers, Lowell Makes can provide the tools and environment for you to succeed! As entrepreneurs, you may need access to equipment to help make your dream a reality, or the right machines to create your first prototype. Lowell Makes is a member driven organization that stands ready. As a MCC student, you may be able to utilize their tools and space. Interested? Contact Professor Hargis for more info.

Lowell Makes
47 Lee St
Lowell, MA 01852