Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition and Conference

Competition Details


Jan 4
Competition open for submissions.
Feb 8
Application period closes.
Mar 28
Finalists announced.
April 25
Competition & conference held in Philadelphia.

2017 Winners

Tracks & themes

The Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition is open to applicants worldwide and offers a tremendous opportunity to entrepreneurs and investors alike. The Competition includes a path for Ventures (opening January 2017) as well as a path for Ideas (check back in Summer 2017). 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 Venture and Idea paths of the Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition will run in series rather than concurrently (but both paths do still exist!). The Venture path, which is aimed at entities that have or plan to generate revenue, grants, customers, or investors, will open for submissions in January 2017. The Idea path, aimed at entities in the earlier stages of development, will open for submissions around Summer 2017. If your Idea is very early in its development, please check back with us in Summer 2017 for more information. And of course if you have any questions about which path you should enter, feel free to contact us!

How to Apply


Venture Path:

  • Milken Family Foundation Grand Prize: $40,000
  • ACT Prize: $20,000
  • American Public University System Prize: $20,000
  • ChanceLight Behavioral Health and Education Prize: $20,000
  • iTutorGroup Prize: $20,000
  • Consideration for the EDSi Fellows Program