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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Signing up for classes? Check out the Fearless Ideas Courses!

Fearless Ideas courses are engaging courses fully integrating innovation and entrepreneurship into the curriculum. Find your next course here:

Learn from the University Innovation Fellows

Learn about the UIF Regional Mid-Atlantic Meetup with the “What Happened?” Guide, found here:


Do you feel like there’s something more you can do with your life but aren’t sure how to make that happen? Join the Design your Life Workshop December 5th at 1776 led by Academy facilitator, Allie Armitage! Sign up here:

It's Friday so you know what that means...a new Thoughts Over Breakfast is here for your viewing pleasure! Check it out at

Get $150k to solve a critical problem in healthcare with OneStart. Apply by Dec 1

Learners & designers! You are invited to a 2-day event to shape and design the future of learning: Shaping the Future of Learning Challenge Dec 5-6. Learn more here:


Thoughts Over Breakfast with Denada Design is here! Check it out at @UMDRightNow - 2 days ago

Your life does not get better by chance. It gets better by design. Join the Design Your Life Workshop Dec 5. Sign up: - 3 days ago

Terp alumni launch your business ideas with Dingman Jumpstart. Register for lean startup boot camp. @Maryland_Alumni - 3 days ago

4 ways to 'start up' your career ambitions @HuffPostBlog #SmallBizWorks via @HuffPostBiz - 3 days ago

Register for the @FIAumd Shaping the Future of Learning Challenge Dec 5-6 to design the future of learning - 3 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.