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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Welcome to the Academy’s new website!

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Innovation Fridays is bigger & better

This year Innovation Fridays is expanding! It’s now a full day of innovative activities including pitch sessions, brainstorm sessions, and open maker spaces.


Join us for the John & Stella Graves MakerSpace ribbon-cutting this Monday from 1-3pm! There will be food and prizes. RSVP here: This makerspace includes 3D printers and is open to ALL students.

Do you have an idea to make something better that’s keeping you up at night? Join Pitch Impact today from 11am - 1pm at 2113 McKeldin

Join in the fun with the Academy ball pit! Our newest addition to the Ideation Room. The Academy Open House is up and running and waiting for you! #ballpit

Stop by this Friday from 10 am – 2 pm for Academy of I&E Open House! Munch on FREE FOOD, create DIY speakers, learn about our Fearless Ideas course series (, tour our creative spaces, ANDDDD pick up your prize from the First Look Fair! It will be fun for everyone! Come for just a bit, or relax and stay a while. See you in Symons Hall (Building code: SYM) Room 3320 (on the 3rd floor)! Symons Hall is right next to the flower “M” circle, at the bottom of McKeldin Mall.


RT @elanafine: What IF we had colored white board walls? @InnovationUMD open house at AIE. #fearlessideas - 1 day ago

RT @UMDLibraries: There's still some time to head to @InnovationUMD for their open house! #PartyGoesTil2 - 1 day ago

It's a party in the Academy Garage! - 1 day ago

Get your #firstlookfair prize from the Academy Open House before it's too late!! - 1 day ago

The Academy Open House is up and running! Stop by 3320 Symons Hall from 10-2 today to join in the fun! - 1 day 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.