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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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)!

Innovation Fridays is bigger & better

This year Innovation Fridays is expanding! It’s now a full day of innovative activities including pitch sessions, brainstorm sessions, and open maker spaces.


Find the Idea Lounge at #FirstLookFair today! Share your thoughts and win prizes!

The first ever (a new kind of) GroupThink is underway! We're teaching student org. leaders how to pitch in preparation for tomorrow's #FirstLookFair

Undocumented Terp DREAMers: Coming Out of our Shells. Register by September 24 using the event’s registration page:

Did you participate in the Creative Stamina activity at #NextNOWFest? Maybe you're in one of these pictures!


RT @riggscenter: #IdeaLounge? I got a #brightidea. @InnovationUMD - URs Truly may need to transform a space of ours for one of these! http:… - 2 hours ago

Get your #fearleasideas course catalogue at the Idea Lounge at #firstlookfair - 3 hours ago

Come to the Idea Lounge to get your scratch off before they're all gone #firstlookfair - 3 hours ago

Flexin' those creativity muscles at the #firstlookfair - 4 hours ago

Did you get your scratch-off card from the Idea Lounge yet at #FirstLookFair? - 5 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.