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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Enter the HITLAB World Cup! A challenge for entrepreneurs and innovators in healthcare and information technology to develop creative solutions for global public health issues.

Applications for our spring Smith Experience Social Venture Consulting and Global Consulting Practicums are due FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31st. We have three hands-on, experiential opportunities for MBAs that will hone your consulting, leadership and social value creation skill sets. Learn more:

"Instant" is the UMD First Year Book. The Academy hosted Chris for lunch to talk about innovation & entrepreneurship at Polaroid and UMD.

Do you know the dance moves to MJ's Thriller? Come dance in front of McKeldin Testudo today for #Halloweek. Practice at 3:30pm/Dance at 4pm. Here's a video you can warm up to...


"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." - Eleanor Roosevelt #UMDspark - 2 days ago

Today the Academy met with the author of Instant, the #umdfyb, over lunch - 3 days ago

RT @andmegansaid: .@UMDPerforms is looking for a Coordinator of Marketing and Communications: #MDarts #DCarts - 3 days ago

Route One Apparel founder Ali von Paris ’12 opens first shop. #UMDspark - 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.