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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"If you do not express your own original ideas, if you do not listen to your own being, you will have betrayed yourself." - Rollo May #innovationinspiration

"Innovation opportunities do not come with the tempest but with the rustling of the breeze." - Peter Drucker #innovationinspiration

"The way to succeed is to double your failure rate." - Thomas Watson #innovationinspiration

Yesterday, on the inaugural White House Demo Day, 29 U.S. schools presented letters to President Obama with commitments to expand innovation and entrepreneurship offerings. Epicenter’s University Innovation Fellows spearheaded the effort to collect signatures from their university’s administrators, faculty and student leaders. Read more at


Under Armour Seeks to Do for Maryland What Nike Did for Oregon #UMDspark - 1 day ago

“From a little spark may burst a mighty flame.” - Italian poet Dante Alighieri #UMDspark - 3 days ago

How Some Professors Deploy Mobile Technology in Their Teaching #UMDspark via @chronicle - 4 days ago

UMD Advances NASA Mission to Build A Better Battery for Space Exploration #UMDspark - 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.