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Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition

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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 $1.5 million in cash prizes.

Advancing Innovation in Education

For more than a decade, the Milken-Penn GSE EBPC has advanced innovation in education through cash, prizes, mentorship, and community. We’ve welcomed more than 2,000 applicants from over 50 countries worldwide, elevating the brightest minds and biggest ideas to support global impact and educational equity.

2021 Competition

Congratulations to this year’s winners: Readlee, HomeWorks Trenton, Weird Enough Productions, and 9ijakids Educational Games.

What Sets Us Apart


The Brightest Minds

Over 2000 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.

The Brightest Minds

Yefei Jin

“Winning this award is huge validation for us. It’s a testament to all our supporters throughout this process...and they’re all incredibly motivated by the interest in this work. What we’re doing is not just about us; we represent world communities that need support and attention in education and the workforce, and we’re able to leverage this momentum to speak with customers.”

Yefei Jin

Third Room Co-founder

Open to Applicants Worldwide

The EBPC is open to applicants worldwide. In addition, the EBPC welcomes the winners of select international business plan competitions to join our Competition as semifinalists.

The Biggest Ideas

In the context of a global pandemic, the Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition (EBPC) reimagined the 2020 EBPC Finals as a deconstructed virtual competition experience accessible to entrepreneurs and the broader education community worldwide.

The journey for eight finalists culminated in a “virtual pitch festival” and awards ceremony. Hundreds of viewers from over 30 countries tuned in to hear from these inspiring finalists, vote for their favorite pitch, and connect with other entrepreneurs, investors, educators, and more.

Watch the 2020 Virtual Finals on Vimeo

Our Sponsors

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