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

Calling Fearless Faculty! Submit your Proposal for a Fearless Ideas Course

Submit your proposal by 5pm on October 8th. Read more about it here:

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)!


The WhatIF session tomorrow is about Reinventing the Library. Join the Academy and McKeldin Library, University of Maryland TOMORROW to brainstorm what a library should be in the digital age!

McKeldin has a makerspace and 3D printers!

Congrats Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship on receiving the prestigious 2014 NASDAQ Center of Entrepreneurial Excellence Award!

This week's FEARLESS TERP: Noga Raviv, junior hearing and speech sciences major. She is selling polymer clay bowls that are accompanied by positive messages. “When people look at you like you are doing something crazy, you know you are doing something right."


Let's reinvent the library! Tomorrow 11am - 1pm in the McKeldin lobby @UMDLibraries #whatifumd - 8 minutes ago

Getting ready for the Voices of Social Change Richard Saul Wurman Q&A! - 2 days ago

Richard Saul Wurman at the UMD Voices of Social Change event - 2 days ago

RT @voicesatumd: @thestampumd @EIPUMD @InnovationUMD Get pumped for the VOICES lecture tonight! Richard Wurman, 6PM Grand Ballroom, see you… - 2 days ago

Terp builds a motocross mecca in Southern Maryland #UMDspark - 2 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.