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)!


INNOVATION FRIDAY - do something innovative today. Need help deciding what? Here are a bunch of fun possibilities to choose from:

The WhatIF session on Athletics is happening today! Stop by to join in on the conversation. Event details here:

Don't miss out! TED Talks founder Richard Wurman will be on campus October 21st!

Join in the WhatIF discussion on Athletics TOMORROW! More details here: #whatifUMD


Get your daily dose of entrepreneurship with #UMDspark - 3 days ago

Woohoo Innovation Friday is here! What fun things can you join in today? Find out here: #innovationfriday - 3 days ago

WhatIF: Athletics is happening TODAY #whatifumd - 3 days ago

No better way to start your day than with a spark of I&E #UMDspark - 4 days ago

Meet TED talks founder Richard Wurman next week 10/21 at 6pm at Stamp @voicesatumd - 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.