Innovate Fearlessly

At UMD, we cultivate a campus of fearless innovators to reframe and disrupt the norm to bring about change. By empowering students to reimagine the landscape, not blend in, we prepare them to solve the world’s toughest problems.


Academy for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (AIE)

AIE was launched by UMD President Wallace Loh in 2013 and charged with engaging all 35,000+ of our students in innovation & entrepreneurship (I&E) experiences to prepare them to tackle the world's toughest problems.

At UMD, our students learn how to ...

  • Develop deep empathy by designing for and with others
  • Reframe problems in unexpected ways
  • Generate radical ideas through brainstorming
  • Quickly prototype and iterate based on feedback
  • Communicate ideas in compelling ways
  • Embrace failure to learn and grow from it

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Every corner of our campus, from the sciences and humanities to research and business, is committed to launching Fearless Ideas.

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"Everything has beauty, but not everyone can see." - Confucius #innovationinspiration

"When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us." - Helen Keller #innovationinspiration

"Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart." - Ancient Indian Proverb #innovationinspiration

"If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on." - Sheryl Sandberg #innovationinspiration


RT @presidentloh: Thank you #UMD faculty & staff for preparing #UMD16 for success. And congratulations, graduates! #StayFearlessUMD https:/… - 1 week ago

RT @UofMaryland: Congratulations Class of 2016 University of Maryland Graduates, from the entire Terp family! #UMDg… - 1 week ago

RT @thesagaofzoe: Thanks Kevin Plank for the motivating @UofMaryland commencement speech yesterday - we're all entrepreneurs! #passion http… - 1 week ago

RT @UMDdeanc: Kevin Plank: "Passion is the single most important thing & passion means being entrepreneurial in anything you do." https://t… - 1 week ago

RT @UofMaryland: Under Armour Founder & CEO Kevin Plank: Have faith in yourselves & let your passion lead the way. #UMDgrad… - 1 week ago

The Academy complements and enhances the foundation of entrepreneurial courses and programs built over the last 30 years.