Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition and Conference

Competition Details


Aug 1
Competition open for submissions.
Sep 12
Application period closes.
Oct 24
Finalists announced.
Dec 4
Competition Finals at ReImagine Education

Tracks & themes

The Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition (EBPC) is open to applicants worldwide and offers a tremendous opportunity to entrepreneurs and investors alike. The Competition includes a path for Ideas (opening Summer 2017), as well as a path for Ventures (check back in January 2018). In offering multiple prizes and prize categories, the EBPC attracts innovative ideas in education from around the world, ranging from those structured on local or global needs, public or private issues, Pre-K through adult education, and social or for-profit ventures.

Competition Themes:

  • Urban Education
  • Connecting Research to Practice
  • Teaching & Learning
  • Technology in Grades K through 12
  • Special Education & At-Risk Students
  • Open & Collaborative Solutions: The Education Ecosystem 
  • Online & Distance Learning in Higher Education
  • Global/Borderless Education Solutions
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Workforce Learning 

Two Tracks: Ventures and Ideas

As of the 2017 Competition, the Idea and Venture paths of the Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition will run in series rather than concurrently (but both paths do still exist!). The Idea path, aimed at entrepreneurs in the early stages of ideation or product/service development, opens for submissions in early August 2017. Applicants in the Idea path are expected to be pre-revenue and pre-investment.

If your innovation is further along in its development, please check back with us in January 2018 for more information on the Venture path. Applicants in the Venture path are expected to already have or plan to generate revenue, grants, customers, or investors. And of course, if you have any questions about which path you should enter, feel free to contact us!

Collaboration with Reimagine Education

We are pleased to announce that the 2017 Finals of the EBPC Idea Path Competition will be held in conjunction with the upcoming Reimagine Education Awards & Conference on December 4-5 here in Philadelphia. The IdeaFest, one of Reimagine Education's dynamic programming tracks, will showcase the 2017 Idea Path Finalist pitch presentations and feature a diverse selection of speakers and panels that explore innovation in K12 settings, higher education, and more. Reimagine Education is an international competition and global conference for those seeking to shape the future of education through innovation. We are excited about collaborating with the thoughtful and dedicated team at Reimagine, and encourage you to join an outstanding group of international entrepreneurs, scholars, and practitioners at the December event. Register here to attend! For more information on Reimagine Education, please visit their website at:

How to Apply


Idea Path:

  • Idea Path Grand Prize (1): $5,000
  • Other Idea Path Prizes (2): $2,500
  • All Idea Path Finalists: $1,000