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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30 Days of EnTERPreneurship

30 Days of EnTERPreneurship celebrates the university’s FEARLESS IDEAS, INNOVATION and IMPACT with a showcase of special events, lectures and contests. To learn about all of the I&E events happening around campus, check out: 

Pitch Perfect: Pitch the Competition & Make and Impression

Are you looking for a job or internship? Are you interested in startups? Don’t miss your chance to capture the attention of more than 40 hiring startups by pitching yourself to them at UnShelled: the Startup Career & Internship Fair on Read More…


Terps! Get UnShelled at the Startup Career & Internship Fair. Not your typical career fair. No dress code, student pitch competition, and all companies are startups. Don't miss it: April 10

Brainstorming on international development and conflict management in this Fearless Ideas course

Take 1 class or take them all! Earn the ENTIRE Minor in Technology Entrepreneurship online this summer!


Students are sharing their stories to build their pitches at the Pitch Perfect workshop! - 1 day ago

Entrepreneurship and the Arts #UMDspark via @HuffPostArts - 2 days ago

Uber will give $25,000 to student startups at the University of Maryland. #UMDspark - 3 days ago

“It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.” - Eleanor Roosevelt #UMDspark - 4 days ago

UMD Celebrates Innovations & Partnerships | UMD Right Now :: University of Maryland - 4 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.