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.

Mission

Academy for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (AIE)
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AIE was launched by UMD President Wallace Loh in 2013 and charged with engaging all 35,000+ of our students in innovation & entrepreneurship (I&E) experiences to prepare them to tackle the world's toughest problems. UMD is 35% of the way towards that goal as a result of extensive campus-wide collaboration across every school and college.

How are we accomplishing this? By adopting and adapting the same entrepreneurial methods that successful startups use - design thinking and lean startup.

We often ask our students: “What problem are you trying to solve and for whom?”. When we asked ourselves this question, we talked to students from all over campus and discovered that they’re often forced to choose between either graduating on time or pursuing real-world projects and ventures they’re passionate about. We’re solving that problem by allowing students to do both through I&E experiences embedded directly in the core curriculum so that exploring their entrepreneurial passions actually moves them closer to graduation rather than farther away from it.
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Every corner of our campus, from the sciences and humanities to research and business, is committed to launching Fearless Ideas.

Get Involved

There are tons of ways to get involved with the Academy. Why not start here?


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Apply to IDEA258A and unleash your inner innovator!

Boost your creative confidence, become an idea-generating machine, and learn how to see the world like a designer with this 1-credit course open to all majors. Apply by 8/26: ter.ps/IDEA258A

Learn Design Thinking…the Academy way!

Not sure what design thinking is? Maybe you’re familiar and want to learn a little bit more? Then check out the Academy’s design thinking modules – four short modules to inspire your inner design thinker. Find them here: ter.ps/DTplaylist

The Academy complements and enhances the foundation of entrepreneurial courses and programs built over the last 30 years.