Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition and Conference


Hundreds of Round 1 judges selected 20 ventures as Semifinalists for the 2019 Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition. The founders of these ventures advanced to Round 2, where they had the opportunity to revise and refine their entry for consideration to become Finalists. A curated group of Round 2 judges then selected 7 Finalists to compete at the EBPC Finals live in Philadelphia on October 7, 2019 for cash and other prizes.

The 2019 Semifinalists are:

*Noted as Finalist


Adaptivex unleashes the powers of adaptive testing to help improve student performance.
: 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

BestFit, Inc.

We're the YouTube of college decision-making, using data and storytelling to empower students to identify their best fit colleges. 
Founders: Asha Owens, Rebecca Kwee


Canduit is a SaaS platform for company-sponsored project-based learning in higher education. 
Founders: Leah Davidson, Greg Lewin, Matthew LaVan

Chef Koochooloo

An AI-powered gamified application for kids that teaches them healthy cooking from around the world, while enhancing their skills in science. 
Founders: Layla Sabourian, Antoine Tarwe, Delarai Tarwe

Class Composer

Class Composer is a subscription based software program that helps elementary school principals and teachers create equitable classes. 
Founders: Mike Cronley, Ed Khoukaz


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.
: Brad Denenberg, Richard Binswanger, Brigitte Daniel


EdTechLive's mission is to develop teacher competencies in classroom technology to improve student learning.
Founders: Nona Ullman, Phillip H Dunn, Liz Earley, Michael Sammartano

Floop Edu

Floop enables effective feedback to transform student learning. Our tools save teachers time and teach students to engage with feedback.
Founders: Melanie Kong, Christine Witcher


GAB-on! harnesses parent engagement, cultivates students' social/emotional learning, and strengthens EF's through the power of conversation.
Founders: Sylvia Hall, Jarrid Hall


GiveThx is a research-based curriculum and app that nurtures positive behaviors and relationships using peer-to-peer gratitude.
Founders: Michael Fauteux, Amara Humphry, Javier Pere


Huddle enables teachers to build strong, positive, and long-term 1:1 relationships with their students. 
Founders: Sean Farrell, Kathleen Sheehy


Majorwise is a High School Career Service solution that helps schools find, manage and track their students' work-based learning experiences.
Founders: Max Robbins, Peter Silverman


ROYBI is an AI-powered, educational companion robot, currently targeting 3-7- year-old children focusing on language learning. 
Founders: Elnaz Sarraf, Ron Cheng


SayKid combines voice technology (AI) and the form factor of a plush robot to help children learn in a safe, engaging, and personalized way.
Founders: DeLonn Crosby, Scott Schanke


ScholarJet partners with employers to create digital competitions, where low- income students compete to earn scholarships and get hired.
Founders: Tuan Ho, Joseph Alim, Francisco Calderon

*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