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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Undergrads - grow as ethical leaders and become champions for those whose voices may otherwise go unheard through the Rawlings Leadership Fellows program. Apply by March 9th

There's still time to apply for the Maryland Social Entrepreneur Corps (MSEC)! Deadline extended to March 9

Watch five student entrepreneurs pitch a panel of judges for $3,500 in funding at the Pitch Dingman Competition. Audience members will text-to-vote for their favorite company and award them the $500 Audience Choice Award. Register to attend at

"Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises." - Demosthenes #innovationinspiration


Don't miss out on the opportunity to join the Maryland Social Entrepreneur Corps. Apply by March 9 - 1 day ago

Students - apply for the Rawlings Program - grow as ethical leaders & become champions for unheard voices @rulfumd - 2 days ago

Study Shows Secret To Managing Millennials Can Be Summed Up In One Word #UMDspark - 2 days ago

Students register now for the Innovate 4 Health Challenge – - 3 days ago

Watch student entrepreneurs pitch for $3,500 in prizes at the Pitch Dingman Competition on March 4. Register at - 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.