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Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition and Conference

Frequently Asked Questions

Applications & Eligibility

When does the application period open and close?
The 2020 application period opens on March 4, 2020, and closes on April 30, 2020, at 11:59pm EDT.

Who should apply to the EBPC?
The EBPC welcomes entrepreneurs with innovative ideas in education from around the world. Applicants are encouraged to explore how their product or solution can be applied to address issues in the field of education and impact teaching, learning, and education outcomes.

Do I have to be a student at or affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania to apply?
No affiliation with the University of Pennsylvania of any kind is required to apply. The EBPC is open to education entrepreneurs worldwide.  

Who is ineligible to apply for the EBPC?
Visit Rules & Eligibility for more information. 

Is there an entry fee to nominate someone for the Prize?
There is no entry fee. It is free to apply.

My team includes multiple co-founders. Can we apply as a team?
Yes, teams are eligible to apply. However, you must specify one team member to serve as the primary applicant and point of contact for the application. Further, there will be an opportunity on the application form to list names of additional team members.

Can I submit more than one application?
Yes, if you have multiple education ventures that are eligible for the EBPC, you may submit one application for each venture. Keep in mind that each separate application will be assessed and judged independently, and details on one application should not reference another. 

If I applied last year, can I apply again?
Yes, former applicants are welcome to apply again. Your application(s) from previous years will have no bearing on ratings and results for this year’s Competition. Applicants selected as Finalists and Semifinalists are also eligible to re-apply in subsequent years - provided that they did not win a Prize at the EBPC Finals.

What materials are required for the application?
Learn more about application materials on our Apply page. 

How long should my responses be for the open-ended prompts?
Responses to each of the prompts should be a minimum of 200 characters and a maximum of 2000 characters.

Can we save our application prior to submitting and complete it at a later time?
No, the application must be completed in one sitting. We recommend writing all responses in a separate document, then copying them into the application form when you are ready to submit.

Is it possible to edit my application after it has been submitted?
No, it is not possible to alter an application that has been submitted, but you can email if you need to correct or supply any additional information. No changes or updates to an application will be accepted after the deadline. 

Judging & Selection

How will judges assess my application?
Visit the Judging Procedures section of our Apply page.

Will Semifinalists be announced?
Yes, Semifinalists will be announced in Summer 2020. Check the Competition Timeline for more details.

Will Finalists be announced?
Yes, Finalists will be announced in Fall 2020. Finalists will compete at the EBPC Finals presented by Catalyst @ Penn GSE in Philadelphia, PA on October 6, 2020.

Are there any requirements if I am selected as a Finalist?
Finalists are required to travel to Philadelphia, PA to participate in the EBPC Finals for the opportunity to win cash and prizes.


What prizes can I win at the EBPC Finals?
2020 prizes are TBA. Check the Apply page for more information.

Other questions? Email