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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Apply by tomorrow to compete in the 1776 Challenge Cup!

Do you have a UMD student startup? Submit your application to the Pitch Dingman Competition by November 2 for a chance to win more than $30k in prizes!

Now Accepting Do Good Accelerator Fund Applications! The Do Good Challenge Accelerator provides seed funding and mentorship to promising social entrepreneurs, organizations, philanthropic projects, and innovators to help them maximize their potential to “Do Good” and prepare for the official Do Good Challenge in the Spring semester. Applicants can request up to $500 in grant funding.

"I've been doing a lot of abstract painting lately, extremely abstract. No brush, no paint, no canvas, I just think about it." - Steven Wright #innovationinspiration


University of Maryland Research Park Named Top in the Nation #UMDspark - 2 days ago

Last chance to compete at Challenge Cup Local Washington, D.C.: - 2 days ago

Why wind tunnels still matter in the 21st century #UMDspark - 4 days ago

Running a student startup? Enter the Pitch Dingman Competition, $30k in prizes. Apply by Nov 2 - 5 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.