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.

The Latest

Calling Fearless Faculty! Submit your Proposal for a Fearless Ideas Course

Submit your proposal by 5pm on October 8th. Read more about it here:

Welcome to the Academy’s new website!

If you like what you see, follow up on Facebook and Twitter (the links are at the bottom of each page)!


Introducing…GymQ: A Terp-Created Fitness Tracking App #innovation

TED Talks founder Richard Wurman will be on campus TOMORROW! How exciting! Open admission until seats are filled.

“Never innovate to compete, innovate to change the rules of the game.“ — David O. Adeife #innovationinspiration

INNOVATION FRIDAY - do something innovative today. Need help deciding what? Here are a bunch of fun possibilities to choose from:


A delicious fall afternoon pick-me-up! #umdgreentidings - 18 minutes ago

RT @UMDdeanc: UMD among best schools for Software Developers at Startups in new @LinkedInU University Rankings @InnovationUMD… - 2 hours ago

RT @UMDCRS: These enTERPreneurs wanted an easier way to log their workouts so they built #GymQ. #innovationfriday @I… - 3 hours ago

RT @UMDLibraries: Check what Kyle #UMD16 did when the buckle on his backpack went missing... #McKeldinMakerSpace @I… - 3 hours ago

RT @CreatingValue: LAST DAY to Apply for up to $500 @DoGoodChallenge Booster Fund cc @UMD_Dingman @InnovationUMD - 5 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.

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.