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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The Ashoka U #Exchange2015 Academy site visit is so much fun! We love sharing experiences with innovators from around the world! Center for Social Value Creation

Undergrads! Apply for the Rawlings Leadership Fellows program where you can design and implement your own community action projects. Applications due by March 9th

The Spring Pitch Dingman Competition is happening March 4th. Don't miss out. Register here:

It's not too late to register for the Tata Dialogue On Innovation happening March 3rd. #tatainnovationdialogue


Application deadline EXTENDED for Maryland Social Entrepreneurship Corps to March 9. Learn more here: - 10 hours ago

Students and faculty from around the U.S. are gathered at the Academy for the #exchange2015 thanks to… - 11 hours ago

The Academy is ready for the Ashoka #exchange2015 - 11 hours 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.

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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.