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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.

2023 Competition

Feb 15
Application Opens
Mar 22
Applications Due
Finalists Announced
Final Pitch 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.

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 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: