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Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition and Conference


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

Past Participants & Winners

Past participants have brought forth innovative ventures to solve problems in biomedical training, teacher development, chronic absenteeism, and much more. The EBPC 2019 grand-prize winner, Social Cipher, is a Los Angeles-based video game studio that drives neurodiverse inclusion and empowerment through representation. Learn more about past participants and winners below.



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.



Alumni Spotlights

Browse success stories of past semifinalists, finalists, and winners who used the Competition as a launching pad for growing their ventures.

Students use BlocksCAD software on laptops.

Powering Education In Makerspaces

BlocksCAD—a web-based software design and modeling tool that helps students create models for 3D printing—was born out of a teaching necessity.

MentorPro poses for photo after winning 2018 EBPC grand prize.

Harnessing Technology for Improved Teacher Mentoring

MentorPro is a management tool for web and mobile devices that optimizes and coordinates the feedback process between mentors and teachers to support the teacher professional development.

ClassTag founder Vlada Lotkina with daughter.

Improving Education Through Teacher-Parent Communication

ClassTag is a streamlined parent-teacher communication platform that saves teachers time on parent communications and rewards them for increasing parent engagement with access to free classroom supplies.

What Our Community Is Saying

We encourage everyone to participate, even when you have just an idea or an initial prototype. Just being part of the competition will make you think and re-think about your plan, your business model, and your strategy. It certainly makes you grow. So go for it and apply - you won't regret it!
—Magdalena Izquierdo, Carol Neumann, and Cecilia Hevia, MentorPro

As a startup, the EBPC gave us months of runway. The win also put us on the map. There were great articles about our win in Edsurge and Philly, and we received a lot of inbound interest from investors, even though we weren’t raising money. Our customers, both direct users and institutions, felt validated in choosing us when we were recognized by Penn GSE for our work.
— Shiv Gaglani, Osmosis

The competition was a great opportunity to present BlocksCAD to a lot of incredible folks in education and in the edtech space. We had some terrific conversations and follow-ups with investors and other potential networking opportunities within the edtech community. Certainly, being named a finalist provides critical credibility and exposure. Our participation speaks well to our viability and validates the potential of BlocksCAD in the marketplace.
—Solomon Menashi, BlocksCAD

The competition is first-rate, and it truly was a learning conference. As someone who has been a winner or finalist in 20 competitions, the team at Milken-Penn and the caliber of people they brought in were extremely impressive.
—Maxeme Tuchman, Caribu

The win came at a time when it was proving difficult to find funding and being endorsed by the recognized brands of University of Pennsylvania and Milken has been invaluable.
—Alexandra Meis, Kinvolved