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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"Give me the young man who has brains enough to make a fool of himself." - Robert Louis Stevenson #innovationinspiration

What an exciting day! First the #umd2015 graduation and then we discovered an anonymous donation of shiny, new ball pit balls for the Academy's Ideation Room. Thank you to whomever made the contribution!

Happy Graduation Day Terps! Congrats!!

2015 Collegiate Inventors Competition is now open! Deadline for entries is June 15. Invent. Compete. Achieve.


Can new social networks shrink the Internet to 1 story per day? #UMDspark by @sarahfkessler via @FastCompany - 17 hours ago

YIPEE!! A big THANK YOU to the very kind, very anonymous donor of new ball pit balls for the Ideation Room. #blessed - 6 days ago

RT @UMDdeanc: Student commencement speaker @ciaomack charges graduating class to be entrepreneurial in whatever their pursuits #UMDGrad @In… - 6 days ago

Smart Career Advice For The Class Of 2015 #UMDspark - 6 days ago

“Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.” - Auguste Rodin #UMDspark - 7 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.