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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"Do you want to live a life on the sidelines, filled with reasons why you didn't try, or do you want to live a life in the arena, filled with stories of how you did?"

Technica is making history by being UMD's first all-ladies hackathon. Learn how to can help volunteer (all genders welcome to volunteer!)

Apply by tomorrow to compete in the 1776 Challenge Cup!


RT @KarenHold: Why yes- that is a bedazzled Post-It cape I made 4 my @InnovationUMD students with @Ian_Moritz @Meenyou92… - 8 hours ago

Novel Microscopy Method Illuminates Cell Changes Caused by Aging, Injury & Disease #UMDspark - 8 hours ago

Apply now for the Do Good Accelerator Fund - Seed funding to maximize potential to do good - 1 day ago

The Washington Business Journal's Power 100 of 2015: Heavy Hitters includes @PresidentLoh #UMDs park - 1 day ago

UMD Researchers Explore the Science of Retweets - Will you retweet this? #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.