Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition and Conference


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A curated group of high-level judges selected 7 startups as Finalists for the 2019 Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition. These founders have advanced from Round 2 and will compete at the EBPC Finals live in Philadelphia on October 7, 2019 for cash and other prizes.

The 2019 Finalists are:


Adaptivex unleashes the powers of adaptive testing to help improve student performance.
Founders: Shayla Stafford, Estefania Ortiz, Dr. Kshawna Askew


We create mobile apps and games that allow teachers to turn mobile devices into science equipment and students into scientists. 
Founder: Michael Kasumovic


eCLOSE provides biomedical research training to teachers and students through an inclusive and supportive citizen science approach.
Founders: Alana O'Reilly, Dara Ruiz-Whalen


Edcelerant creates modern coding curriculum, licenses courses to higher ed, and places qualified graduates in paid apprenticeships.
Founders: Brad Denenberg, Richard Binswanger, Brigitte Daniel

Social Cipher

Social Cipher is a story-driven video game that gives children with autism a safe, fun, and accessible space to apply social skills.
Founders: Vanessa Gill, Amy Wu, Anastasia Ibrahim, Charlie Anderson


People are at their best when they have high executive functioning. Our AI coach improves these skills in students and employees.
Founders: Leon Kim, Ethan Keiser

The Read Read

The Read Read empowers visually impaired and blind children to independently learn and practice phonics and braille.
Founder: Alex Tavares