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Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition and Conference


The Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition is considered the most prestigious and well-funded education business plan competition, attracting innovative ideas from around the world. Since 2010, the competition has awarded more than $1.4 million in cash prizes. Winners and finalists have gone on to secure more than $140 million in funding. 

A Legacy of Innovation

Launched in 2010 as a partnership between Penn GSE and the Milken Family Foundation, the EBPC culminates with a live competition of education business ventures, judged by a panel of industry experts.

Unrivaled Partners

Milken Family Foundation

Founded by Michael and Lowell Milken in 1982, the Milken Family Foundation strives to discover and advance inventive, effective ways of helping people help themselves and those around them lead productive and satisfying lives. The means most conducive to achieving these goals is through education.

Penn GSE

Penn GSE is one of the nation’s premier research education schools. No other education school enjoys a university environment as supportive of practical knowledge-building as the Ivy League’s University of Pennsylvania. The School is notably entrepreneurial, launching innovative degree programs for practicing professionals and unique partnerships with local educators, and the first-ever business plan competition devoted exclusively to educational products and programs.

The Competition

The EBPC welcomes entrepreneurs with innovative ideas in education from around the world. Educational entrepreneurship ventures can address a wide range of educational issues. We encourage applications in every conceivable educational setting–from early childhood through corporate and adult training, in settings and contexts anywhere in the world.

A Dynamic Ecosystem

By entering the EBPC, you join an education ecosystem of engaged investors, entrepreneurs, practitioners, and researchers all striving to address persistent and emerging problems in education.

Explore Our Impact

EBPC participants join a community of entrepreneurs and mentors to support them as in launching their ventures—which means you don’t need to be a winner to win big.