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: 

Pitch Perfect: How to Pitch Yourself & Make and Impression

Are you looking for a job or internship? Are you interested in startups? Don’t miss your chance to capture the attention of over 30 startups by pitching yourself to them at UnShelled: the Startup Career & Internship Fair on Friday, April Read More…


This looks a little familiar...kind of like the Academy's Ideation Room ( #wediditfirst

Join the startup revolution at UnShelled: the Startups Career & Internship Fair on April 10. Meet startups looking to hire.

Couldn't make it to last week's free Pitch Perfect coaching session? Sign up for this week's session on April 3rd:! Learn how to effectively tell your story to get noticed by employers.

"Security is mostly a superstition. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing." - Helen Keller #innovationinspiration


New trend in offices: a ball pit room! We have one too! Check out our Ideation Room - #wediditfirst @facebook - 17 hours ago

Don't miss the opporotunity to impress employers with your story. Sign up: - 21 hours ago

RT @UMDResearch: #UMD Invention of the Year nominee develops food safety inspections database @InnovationUMD @UMDRig… - 22 hours ago

RT @UMDResearch: 9 @UofMaryland inventions nominated for Invention of the Year @UMVentures @UMDTechTransfer #30DaysU… - 23 hours ago

Google's Next Goal: Trying to Improve Robot-Assisted Surgery by #UMDspark via @Entrepreneur - 24 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.