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.


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 (I&E) experiences to prepare them to tackle the world's toughest problems.

At UMD, our students learn how to ...

  • Develop deep empathy by designing for and with others
  • Reframe problems in unexpected ways
  • Generate radical ideas through brainstorming
  • Quickly prototype and iterate based on feedback
  • Communicate ideas in compelling ways
  • Embrace failure to learn and grow from it

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Every corner of our campus, from the sciences and humanities to research and business, is committed to launching Fearless Ideas.

The Latest


"Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear." - George Addair #innovationinspiration

"We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone." -Ronald Reagan #innovationinspiration

The June I&E newsletter is here!

The Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship has a new podcast - Bootstrapped! Check out the newest episode of the Dingman Bootstrapped podcast, featuring Liz Sara, founder of Best Marketing, LLC. She gives advice on marketing that will help startups secure customers, and also shares her investment philosophy.


Not Playing Games - UMD Research Elevates Virtual Reality Beyond Entertainment #UMDinnovates - 4 hours ago

RT @TheOceanExch: Call all students #Awards #grant #sustainability #environment BIG Pitch Collegiate Competition for innovative solutions. - 1 day ago

Career Coach: Here's a list of business books for your summer reading recommended by @SmithSchool - 1 week ago

Virtual Connection - UMD Professors test new tech to teach and reach students. #UMDinnovates - 1 week ago

The Academy complements and enhances the foundation of entrepreneurial courses and programs built over the last 30 years.