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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30 Days of EnTERPreneurship

30 Days of EnTERPreneurship celebrates the university’s FEARLESS IDEAS, INNOVATION and IMPACT with a showcase of special events, lectures and contests. To learn about all of the I&E events happening around campus, check out: 

Register for a Fearless Ideas Course!

Fearless Ideas courses are fun and get you working on real-world problems (and most fulfill gen ed requirements!). Go camping with your class, build & market a cardboard chair, find innovative ways to counter terrorism, fearlessly solve pressing health problems…the list goes on! Read More…


Join the nation’s foremost competition encouraging innovation, entrepreneurship, and creativity in students who are working on cutting-edge inventions at their colleges and universities nationwide

You can still submit your business idea to the RECESS Pitch Competition. Submit your idea here:

"The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect, but by the play instinct arising from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the object it loves." - Carl Jung #innovationinspiration

Are you an interested in entrepreneurship? Tech innovation? How about music? Want to work for a company making the world a better place? How does meeting hyper successful entrepreneurs, innovative startups, and amazing brands sound?...Then come to RECESS on 5/1


Zombie students? The Academy's Erica Estrada-Liou leads a brainstorm on how to bring them back to life! #ITL_UMD - 1 day ago

Brainstorming at the #ITL_UMD with the Academy. Post-its and markers are definitely in use! - 1 day ago

"Evaluate students' processes, not their ideas." - AIE Design Thinking facilitator @mazarm fights zombies @ #ITL_UMD - 1 day ago

The Academy team is teaching Zombie Metamorphosis 101: Creating an Ideal Learning Environment at #ITL_UMD - 1 day ago

Scholly Wins 10th Annual Cupid's Cup Business Competition Chaired by Under Armour Founder & CEO #30daysUMD - 2 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.