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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Check out the DC Service Jam, a weekend-long workshop (Feb. 26 - 28) to develop new services. After revealing the Jam’s secret theme on Friday night, participants will break into teams and get to work brainstorming, prototyping, and sharing. The challenge is to identify and understand a real-world need, ideate and prototype concepts, and deliver a solution by Sunday afternoon. Both newbies and experts are welcome. You'll walk away with new tools for your service design toolkit, share a few scrumptious meals with new friends, and create solid service prototype with a team of fellow designers. Learn more and register today:

"Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant." - Robert Louis Stevenson #innovationinspiration

YOU'RE INVITED: The 8th Annual Social Enterprise Symposium (SES) returns to the University of Maryland on March 4, 2016! Hosted by the Center for Social Value Creation at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, the Symposium covers a range of topics - from sustainability to social entrepreneurship - and explores the role of business in creating lasting social and environmental change. The event attracts students and faculty from all disciplines, as well as entrepreneurs, nonprofit and corporate leaders, philanthropists, and the local community. Be part of one of the premier events on social impact and innovation in the Washington DC region. Learn More & REGISTER:

TOMORROW, 6:30 - 8:30 pm: How do you come up with an idea? What makes a great founding team? How do you raise money from investors? Join YC partners and alumni at colleges around the country. The Department of Computer Science is hosting the Y Combinator Campus Tour at UMD tomorrow (Thursday, February 4). Hear their stories and find out what it's really like to start a startup. Only the first 145 students who sign up for this event will be allowed a ticket. You MUST have a ticket to enter this event. Additional details as well as the link to RSVP can be found here:


Register for the 2016 @DCServiceJam, a weekend-long workshop (2/26-28) part of the 100+ city Global Service Jam! --> - 5 days ago

Register today for the 8th Annual Social Enterprise Symposium, hosted by @smithschool & @CreatingValue. Learn more: - 1 week ago

Join @ycombinator partners & alumni for the Y Combinator Campus Tour, 6:30-8:30 pm TOMORROW (hosted by @UMDCompSci): - 1 week ago

RT @UMDLibraries: McKeldin's New Reading Room is ready for Spring! Stop by the 4th floor to take a look #UMD https:… - 2 weeks ago

Students pitch their project ideas in "Do Good Now" - 2 weeks 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.