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.

The Latest


From a student in the QUEST Program to a DC entrepreneur & Life Coach as well as Academy Facilitator- Check out the journey of Allie Armitage in the Center for Social Value Creation's Alumni Spotlight:

LIVE, LEARN, and LAUNCH ventures with fellow undergraduate students. Freshmen and sophomores are encouraged to apply to the Hinman CEOs program. Applications are due February 15th.

"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man." - George Bernard Shaw #innovationinspiration

The Academy hosted a great design thinking workshop for faculty last week. Check out these awesome pictures!


RT @SustainableUMD: Innovation Fridays return starting tomorrow! Turn imagination to innovation. @InnovationUMD ht… - 18 hours ago

Enroll in UMD’s Master of Technology Entrepreneurship. 100% online. 15-month schedule @mtechumd - 19 hours ago

LIVE, LEARN, & LAUNCH ventures in the Hinman CEOs program. Freshmen & sophomores apply by Feb 15 @mtechumd - 3 days ago

You might be an entrepreneur if.... #UMDspark - 3 days ago

"They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself." - Andy Warhol #UMDspark - 1 week 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.