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.

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Welcome to the Academy’s new website!

If you like what you see, follow up on Facebook and Twitter (the links are at the bottom of each page)!

Innovation Fridays is bigger & better

This year Innovation Fridays is expanding! It’s now a full day of innovative activities including pitch sessions, brainstorm sessions, and open maker spaces.


We have our first participant flexing her creative muscles at the #nextnowfest!

Looking for something fun to do tonight? Stop by the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center for the #NextNOWFest and check out the Academy's exhibit: Creative Stamina!

The Academy is getting ready for First Look Fair! Instead of a table at First Look Fair, this year the Academy will have an Idea Lounge. Look for us!

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center's NextNOWFest is in full swing with this balloon person dance off! #artinnovation


Stop by the Academy's Creative Stamina activity @TheClariceUMD #nextnowfest - 2 days ago

Creative Stamina is up an running @TheClariceUMD for #nextnowfesr - 2 days ago

RT @TheClariceUMD: Exercise your creative muscles with @InnovationUMD's Creative Stamina! It starts at 6PM: #NextNOW… - 2 days ago

Calling all Fearless Faculty! The Fearless Ideas Course RFP is out. Submit your pre-proposal by Oct 8: - 2 days ago

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


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 to prepare them to tackle the world's toughest problems.

Skills our students gain -

Our students completely reimagine the landscape by developing deep empathy for potential stakeholders, reframing problems, and trying unexpected & game-changing solutions.

Who we are -

Operating directly out of the Office of the President and the Office of the Provost, our core team is multi-disciplinary, creative and has a “bias to yes” attitude. We collaborate with the Deans from every school and college as well as an extended team of I&E-related programs & departments across campus that are passionate about creating innovation opportunities for all students.

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The Academy builds upon an incredible foundation of entrepreneurial courses and programs built over 25 years.