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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 $1.8 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 thousands of applicants from over 50 countries worldwide, elevating the brightest minds and biggest ideas to support global impact and educational equity.

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

Unlocked Labs founder Jessica Hicklin (fourth from right), winner of the grand prize at the 14th annual Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition, stands with others on stage at the competition finals.

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.

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 2022 Milken-Penn GSE EBPC Virtual Finals

Congratulations to Words Liive, Hey Kiddo, Arbol, and Clarifi! Watch the 2022 Virtual Finals, featuring finalist pitches with judges’ Q&A and awards ceremony.

Watch finals

Our Sponsors

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