Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition and Conference

Competition Details

2019 Winners Announced!


Jan 8
Competition open for submissions
Feb 13
Round 1 Application Deadline
Apr 1
Semifinalists Announced
Jun 23
Thought Leadership Convening & Semifinalist Showcase in Philadelphia


Jul 17
Round 2 Application Deadline
Sep 4
Finalists Announced
Oct 7
EBPC Finals in Philadelphia


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The Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition (EBPC) is open to applicants worldwide and offers a tremendous opportunity to entrepreneurs and investors alike. With a rich history of success, the EBPC has awarded over $1.4 million in cash prizes since 2010, and winners and finalists have gone on to raise more than $140 million in additional funding. Through its dynamic ecosystem, the EBPC celebrates meaningful innovations that address persistent and emerging problems in education.

Who Should Apply

The EBPC welcomes entrepreneurs with innovative ideas in education in areas of focus including:

  • 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


Competition Structure

Round 1 is open to applicants who currently generate revenue, grants, customers, or investors, as well as those with well-conceived plans to do so.

Semifinalists selected from Round 1 will receive:

  • 1-on-1 Mentorship with industry specialists
  • Free access to Catalyst Bootcamps that explore essentials of startup strategies and plans for growth
  • Showcase your venture and receive valuable feedback at a thought leadership event concurrent with ISTE in Philadelphia
  • Opportunities to take your business idea to the next level

Round 2 is open to Semifinalists from Round 1 who have the exclusive opportunity to submit a refined application enriched by this development process with Catalyst.

Finalists selected from Round 2 will pitch their venture at the EBPC Finals in Philadelphia for the chance win cash prizes and share their idea with investors, entrepreneurs, and educational thought-leaders.

Applicant Resources

As part of Catalyst @ Penn GSE, the EBPC is dedicated to nurturing entrepreneurs and helping to develop their ventures through a continuum of programming supporting education entrepreneurship before, during, and after the Competition. To learn more, visit



  • Milken Family Foundation Grand Prize: $40,000 cash + $20,000 in Amazon Web Services Promotional Credits
  • American Public University System Prize: $25,000 cash
  • NEXT / Shulman Rogers Audience Choice Prize: $15,000 cash