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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The Academy hosted a great design thinking workshop for faculty last week. Check out these awesome pictures!

There are some great, simple tips in here that can apply to finding a career or life in general: "A person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language."

"They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself." - Andy Warhol #innovationinspiration

Hey undergrad business majors! Build the skills you need to create a better world with business in the Smith School's 2015-2016 Social Innovation Fellows program. Applications for this one year Fellows Program are now open. Learn more and apply here:


"They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself." - Andy Warhol #UMDspark - 3 days ago

RT @CreatingValue: When Will Design Get Serious About Impact? #HCD in the development space cc: @InnovationUMD @Davi… - 3 days ago

Fun pictures from the Academy hosted Faculty Design Thinking Workshop 2015. Enjoy! - 4 days ago

Roadblock to Golden Years #UMDterps - 5 days ago

This entrepreneur saved his puppy--and launched a company in the process @PaulKeegan #UMDspark via @Inc - 1 week 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.