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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Happy Holidays from the Academy!

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Signing up for classes? Check out the Fearless Ideas Courses!

Fearless Ideas courses are engaging courses fully integrating innovation and entrepreneurship into the curriculum. Find your next course here:


The UMD University Innovation Fellows received their pins today! Woohoo!

Check out these awesome prototypes of outdoor equipment developed in the Fearless Ideas Course: BMGT468T - Creativity for Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs Outdoor Edition. Students learned the Lean Startup Methodology and applied it to outdoor equipment. From customer discovery to prototyping to testing - they did it all!

#StampStudyZone is here to help you make it through finals week! Check out the fun activities at The Stamp (Adele H. Stamp Student Union) here:

Startup Shell is accepting applications for the Spring 2015 Zeta Batch to the Shell. Apply today:


Entrepreneur's Top 10 Crazy Tech Articles of 2014 #UMDspark - 12 hours ago

The UMD #UIFs received their pins today! #epicenter - 1 day ago

The UMD #UIFs received their pins today! #epicenter - 1 day ago

20 Must-Reads for Aspiring Entrepreneurs #UMDspark - 2 days ago

December Innovation & Entrepreneurship Newsletter - - 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.