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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"Never confuse motion with action." - Ernest Hemingway #innovationinspiration

"The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function." - F. Scott Fitzgerald #innovationinspiration

"The greater the contrast, the greater the potential. Great energy only comes from a correspondingly great tension of opposites." - Carl Jung #innovationinspiration

"Sit, walk, or run, but don't wobble." - Zen proverb #innovationinspiration


8 Startups to Watch out of UMD's Startup Shell Incubator via @DC_Inno - 2 days ago

"I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse." - Florence Nightingale - 2 days ago

The Academy's @AtinMittra is out in Cali helping @EpicenterUSA teach #designthinking - 3 days ago

50 Global Entrepreneurs Recommend 50 Books That Forever Impacted Their Lives by #UMDspark via @Entrepreneur - 3 days ago

This Teen Paid for College by Selling on Etsy. Here Are 5 Ways She Did It. by #UMDspark via @Entrepreneur - 4 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.