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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Signing up for classes? Check out the Fearless Ideas Courses!

Fearless Ideas courses are engaging courses fully integrating innovation and entrepreneurship into the curriculum. Find your next course here:

Learn from the University Innovation Fellows

Learn about the UIF Regional Mid-Atlantic Meetup with the “What Happened?” Guide, found here:


Do you want to live in a way that feels more aligned with what matters to you? Join the Design your Life Workshop December 5th at 1776 led by Academy facilitator, Allie Armitage! Sign up here:

Do you have an idea to solve a critical problem in healthcare? Or do you have the scientific or business know-how to help someone else develop their idea? Apply to OneStartby December 1st for a chance to win $150k to realize your business idea

“The world is changing very fast. Big will not beat small anymore. It will be the fast beating the slow.” - Rupert Murdoch #innovationinspiration

Do you feel like there’s something more you can do with your life but aren’t sure how to make that happen? Join the Design your Life Workshop December 5th at 1776 led by Academy facilitator, Allie Armitage! Sign up here:


Interested in an engaging, dynamic winter class? Want a scholarship too? Apply here - 1 hour ago

RT @EpicenterUSA: UMD student leaders named national University Innovation Fellows #UIFellows @InnovationUMD @UMDRig… - 1 day ago

Do you have scientific/biz know-how to help someone develop their idea? Apply by Dec 1 to win $150k for your idea - 1 day ago

One Entrepreneur, Three Radically Different Companies: Here's How She Did It #UMDspark - 1 day ago

Thoughts Over Breakfast with Denada Design is here! Check it out at @UMDRightNow - 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.