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Accepting applications through February 19, 2024. Learn more!

Celebrating 15 years of support for education entrepreneurs.

Welcoming thousands of applicants worldwide and elevating the brightest minds to support educational equity.

Considered the most prestigious and well-funded competition of its kind, the Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition celebrates and nurtures purpose-driven ventures that seek to address systemic inequities in education through innovation.

Since 2010, it has awarded more than $2 million in cash prizes.

2024 Competition

  • Jan 22

    Application Opens

  • Feb 19

    Applications Due

  • May

    Semifinalists Announced

  • Aug

    Finalists Announced

  • Fall

    Live Competition

What Sets Us Apart

  • The Brightest Minds

    Thousands of ventures from more than 50 countries have applied to 
the EBPC.

  • The Biggest Ideas

    EBPC winners have championed innovations in social-emotional learning, virtual STEM education, neurodiverse inclusion, and more.

  • Unrivaled Partners

    EBPC is supported by the Michael & Lori Milken Family Foundation and Penn GSE.

2023 Winners Announced

Congratulations to the Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition 2023 Winners: Unlocked Labs, Skizaa, Storyshares, and EdVisorly.

Unlocked Labs, a venture that empowers and employs justice-impacted individuals to design and build technology that promotes human flourishing and enables decarceration, captured the $40,000 grand prize at the 14th annual Milken–Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition in New York City.

2024 Awards

Since 2010, the Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition has awarded more than $2 million in funding and support to education ventures making an impact through innovation. The 2024 awards include:

  • $40,000

    Michael & Lori Milken Family Foundation Grand Prize

  • $25,000

    Cognativ Inc. Prize

  • $10,000

    Magnitude Digital Prize

  • $5,000

    Audience Choice Prize presented by Osage Venture Partners

New this year, ventures will apply through Catapult, the Catalyst @ Penn GSE virtual accelerator. Registration and application are free!

The 2023 Milken-Penn GSE EBPC Virtual Finals

Congratulations to Unlocked Labs, Skizaa, Storyshares, and EdVisorly! Watch the 2023 Virtual Finals, featuring finalist pitches with judges’ Q&A and awards ceremony.

Our sponsors

The Milken-Penn GSE EBPC is grateful to our additional generous and forward-thinking sponsors: