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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Signing up for classes? Check out the Fearless Ideas Courses!

Fearless Ideas courses are engaging courses fully integrating innovation and entrepreneurship into the curriculum. Find your next course here:

Learn from the University Innovation Fellows

Learn about the UIF Regional Mid-Atlantic Meetup with the “What Happened?” Guide, found here:


Are you interested in an engaging, dynamic, winter session class in January 2015 at UMD College Park? ARHU498P/HONR384K Inventing and Designing a "Poetry Game" has a scholarship reserved for a student of design thinking or entrepreneurship. Apply here:

Do you want to live in a way that feels more aligned with what matters to you? Join the Design your Life Workshop December 5th at 1776 led by Academy facilitator, Allie Armitage! Sign up here:

Do you have an idea to solve a critical problem in healthcare? Or do you have the scientific or business know-how to help someone else develop their idea? Apply to OneStartby December 1st for a chance to win $150k to realize your business idea

“The world is changing very fast. Big will not beat small anymore. It will be the fast beating the slow.” - Rupert Murdoch #innovationinspiration


Register for the @FIAumd Shaping the Future of Learning Challenge Dec 5-6 to design the future of learning - 2 days ago

UMD launches Dingman Jumpstart, a lean startup program for Terp alumni #terps @Maryland_Alumni #dingmanjumpstart - 2 days ago

Close the gap between where you are and where you want to be with the Design Your Life Workshop Dec 5. Sign up: - 2 days ago

Monday is the last day to apply to OneStart to solve a critical problem in healthcare - 2 days ago

Interested in an engaging, dynamic winter class? Want a scholarship too? Apply here - 3 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.

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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.