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.

The Latest


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

The UMD Climate Action Forum is happening May. It's free, register now:

Shell Expo is tomorrow at 6pm! Come check out the amazing progress that Shell ventures have made this past semester. Enjoy food, friends, and fun demos. Get your free tickets here:

The Academy's own, Frankie Abralind, is featured in TERP Magazine for his game Brainspin! #empathymatters


UMD Kicks off National Future STEM Leaders Meetings #UMDinnovates - 6 hours ago

Apply for a 15 day innovative summer workshop taking an idea to startup in France or Italy by May 1 @EIAinnovate - 5 days ago

Academy Facilitator designs new game picked up by Hasbro subsidiary @fabralind #empathymatters #UMDinnovates - 5 days ago

Register now for the Climate Action 2016 forum #ClimateAction - 5 days ago

UMD Turns Imagination into Innovation #UMDinnovates - 5 days ago

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