Impact

The Academy’s mission is to bring innovation and entrepreneurship to all 35,000+ UMD students. Every semester we get closer to our goal by collaborating with all 12 schools and colleges. Here’s some of the buzz we’ve generated:

UMD ranked #9 for Best Undergraduate Programs for Entrepreneurship in 2017 (Entrepreneur Magazine)UMD ranked #9 for Best Undergraduate Programs for Entrepreneurship in 2017 (Entrepreneur Magazine)


UMD Continues Rise in I&E Education Rankings


according to the 2017 Princeton Review Rankings

UMD Students Design New Prince George’s County Health CenterUMD Students Design New Prince George’s County Health Center in Fearless Ideas Course


NSF Awards $3.45M National Innovation Ecosystem Grant to University of Maryland


to continue leading one of seven I-Corps nodes in the country

Explore how I-Corps impacts UMD Students (The Diamondback) Explore how I-Corps impacts UMD Students (The Diamondback)


#10 Top U.S. College for Entrepreneurship


by Princeton Review/Entrepreneur Magazine in 2016


#21 overall for Most Innovative Schools


in the 2016 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges

Now Everyone's an Entrepreneur (Excerpt from the Chronicle of Higher Education) UMD Featured in 2015 Cover Story in the Chronicle of Higher Education


#21 “best college for future entrepreneurs”


by Business Insider in 2015

UMD UMD fostering ideas and entrepreneurship (The Diamondback)


#2 for entrepreneurship outside of the classroom in the U.S.


by Princeton Review/Entrepreneur Magazine in 2013

UMD named Top 25 Most Innovative University (U.S. News & World Report)


#3 among U.S. public schools for Best Schools for Software Developers at Startups


(#11 overall) by LinkedIn University Ratings

UMD ascends to Top 10 in U.S. for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programs (Entrepreneur Magazine/Princeton Review) UMD ascends to Top 10 in U.S. for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programs (Entrepreneur Magazine/Princeton Review)
UMD students use design thinking to develop Fearless Ideas (UMD Right Now) UMD students use design thinking to develop Fearless Ideas (UMD Right Now)
President Loh, UMD have all-encompassing focus on innovation and entrepreneurship (The Baltimore Sun) President Loh, UMD have all-encompassing focus on innovation and entrepreneurship (The Baltimore Sun)
The Big Bang: The Lean LaunchPad Explodes at University of Maryland (Huffington Post) The Big Bang: The Lean LaunchPad Explodes at University of Maryland (Huffington Post)

UMD Notables and Firsts


First-of-kind hybrid undergraduate incubator/dormitory where students live, study, and work


featured on CNN when launched in the ’00-’01 academic year


First Maryland tech incubator


launched in 1985 graduating 100+ companies including biotech industry leaders Martek Biosciences & Digene


Notable innovator and entrepreneur alumni


who are behind Under Armour, Sirius XM Radio, Google, Oculus VR, Polycom, Crash Bandicoot, arterial stents, hyperlinks, and the UPC bar code


Over 40 active angel investors and VCs


participate in the on-campus angel network


Global entrepreneurship partnerships


in China, Israel, and Russia


30 Days of enTERPreneurship


celebrated every spring, awarding more than a quarter million dollars for the best ideas and innovations in tech, business, healthcare, social value, and clean energy