Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition and Conference

Competition Details

2018 Venture Path Timeline

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Tracks & themes

The Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition (EBPC) is open to applicants worldwide and offers a tremendous opportunity to entrepreneurs and investors alike. The Competition includes a path for Ventures (opening January 2018), as well as a path for Ideas (check out last year's winners). In offering multiple prizes and prize categories, the EBPC attracts innovative ideas in education from around the world, ranging from those structured on local or global needs, public or private issues, Pre-K through adult education, and social or for-profit ventures.

Competition Themes:

  • Urban Education
  • Connecting Research to Practice
  • Teaching & Learning
  • Technology in Grades K through 12
  • Special Education & At-Risk Students
  • Open & Collaborative Solutions: The Education Ecosystem 
  • Online & Distance Learning in Higher Education
  • Global/Borderless Education Solutions
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Workforce Learning 

Two Tracks: Ventures and Ideas

As of the 2017 Competition, the Venture  and  Idea  paths of the Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition will run in series rather than concurrently. If your innovation is further along in its development, the Venture path opens for submissions in early January 2018. Applicants in the Venture path are generally expected to already have or plan to generate revenue, grants, customers, or investors. 

The Idea Path, aimed at entrepreneurs in the early stages of ideation or product/service development, recently held its IdeaFest competition finals in conjunction with the Reimagine Education Awards & Conference in December 2017. Applicants in the Idea path are expected to be pre-revenue and pre-investment. Please note: even if your idea is in the early stages of development, if you plan to generate revenue, grants, customers, or investments, you are still eligible to apply to the Venture Path!

How to Apply


Venture Path:

  • Michael & Lori Milken Family Foundation Grand Prize: $40,000
  • American Public University System Prize: $20,000
  • ChanceLight Behavioral Health, Therapy, & Education Prize: $20,000
  • iTutorGroup Prize: $20,000
  • Navitas Ventures Prize: $20,000
  • Each Venture Path Finalist will also receive a $1,000 Cash Prize. 
  • Amazon Web Services: $5,000 in AWS Promotional Credits per Finalist, plus $25,000 in Promotional Credits for one winner.