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.

The Latest

Calling Fearless Faculty! Submit your Proposal for a Fearless Ideas Course

Submit your proposal by 5pm on October 8th. Read more about it here:

Welcome to the Academy’s new website!

If you like what you see, follow up on Facebook and Twitter (the links are at the bottom of each page)!


Big shout out to Gift to Uplift and Puzzable for being featured in this Diamondback article about entrepreneurship at UMD!

UMD expands Innovation Fridays this semester from weekly pitch sessions to a full day of innovation activities!

Faculty! Flex your innovation muscles by submitting a Fearless Ideas course pre-proposal. Submissions are due October 8th. Read more about it here:

Students! Earn your with the TLC Digital Badge Program! Get helpful tools and instruction at your own pace on creating multimedia presentations, digitial communication and 3D printing...for FREE!


University programs of Maryland fostering ideas, entrepreneurship via @thedbk - 16 minutes ago

Need a spark of entrepreneurship? Look no further! #UMDspark - 39 minutes ago

RT @Racheerio2: Serious brainstorming going on in the Ideation Room @InnovationUMD #whatifUMD - 3 hours ago

RT @UMDRightNow: #UMD transforms #InnovationFridays into full day of #innovation activities for students @Innovation… - 3 hours 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.