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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"Believe you can and you’re halfway there." - Theodore Roosevelt #innovationinspiration

Thanks for stopping by today! UMD students showed off their empathic skills as a part of our Global Entrepreneurship Week activity (in collaboration w/ the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship). We believe empathy is at the start and at the heart of innovation. We're amazed and inspired by the passion and thoughtfulness of UMD students. #empathymatters

PSA from the Academy of I&E: #empathymatters! Get an "empathy matters" shirt TODAY between 11 - 1 outside STAMP. Look for us at the TERPRIDE bus, and get ready for some ~*radical empathy*~

Register now to attend the Pitch Dingman Competition Semifinals on December 3! RSVP here:


Northrop Grumman Foundation Renews Commitment to UMD's Honors College Cybersecurity Program with Gift #UMDspark - 8 hours ago

RT @UMDRightNow: #UMD Bioscience Day brings together researchers, venture capitalists & entrepreneurs @UMDResearch … - 1 day ago

UMD Professor Addresses House Subcommittees on Space and Environment #UMDspark - 2 days ago

Why #empathymatters, according to one student @ University of Maryland, College Park - 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.