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

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.


The Academy is excited for our new space in the Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center! Just a couple more years to go!

Make your own chair at the #NextNOWFest

Some tips and tricks to help get your next brainstorm off on the right foot!

4 things successful entrepreneurs do:


RT @UMD_Dingman: First DCA Review Day of the season is starting soon! Students are welcome to sit in on the investor pitches in 2515 VMH. - 3 days ago

DC I-Corps Now Accepting Applications for Fall Cohort #UMDspark - 3 days ago

Want to work w/students in Australia on climate change awareness? Join the Global Classroom Design Team: - 4 days ago

Via @nprnews: Weekly Innovation: A Sad Desk Microwave For Your Sad Desk Lunch #UMDspark - 4 days ago

Ditch the laptop & pick up a pen. Researchers say it's better for note taking. What do you think? via @washingtonpost - 5 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.