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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30 Days of EnTERPreneurship

30 Days of EnTERPreneurship celebrates the university’s FEARLESS IDEAS, INNOVATION and IMPACT with a showcase of special events, lectures and contests. To learn about all of the I&E events happening around campus, check out: 

Register for a Fearless Ideas Course!

Fearless Ideas courses are fun and get you working on real-world problems (and most fulfill gen ed requirements!). Go camping with your class, build & market a cardboard chair, find innovative ways to counter terrorism, fearlessly solve pressing health problems…the list goes on! Read More…


May the 4th be with you.

"If you lose the power to laugh, you lose the power to think." - Clarence Darrow #innovationinspiration

RECESS is here!! Join the Playground, Study Hall with Justin Kan from Y Combinator, and the Pitch Competition happening all day TODAY at Hornbake Plaza and Hoff Theater.

Join the students and faculty of University of Maryland's first ever Making Place cohort for the opening of their site-specific outdoor works. These five installations were created as the final project in creative placemaking for a Fearless Ideas course, and were designed individually and in small groups.


"When life gives you lemons, make grape juice." (because it's sweeter) #UMDspark - 4 hours ago

We're lucky to get to work w/ #fearlessfaculty all around campus. Here's a snapshot of where you'll… - 3 days ago

The Academy is lucky to work w/ #fearlessfaculty in courses all around UMD! Check out where you might find them: - 3 days ago

@mazarm shares how "CPET240: Sustainability in Practice" students worked in the Frederick community #fearlessfaculty - 3 days ago

#FearlessFaculty Kate Izsak shares her thoughts on "BSST338B: Countering Violent Extremism" (a #fearlessideas course) - 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.