Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition 2019


The Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition (EBPC) is accepting applications from educational innovators worldwide! The competition offers a tremendous opportunity to entrepreneurs and investors alike. Through its dynamic ecosystem, the EBPC celebrates meaningful innovations that address persistent and emerging problems in education.

Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition

The Education Business Plan Competition is considered the most prestigious and well-funded education business plan competition, attracting innovative ideas from around the world. Since 2010, the competition has awarded more than $1 million in cash prizes. Winners and finalists have gone on to secure more than $135 million in funding.

As part of Catalyst @ Penn GSE, the Education Business Plan Competition 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.


  • Educational entrepreneurship business plans should outline the problem they address, offer a solution, and discuss scaling possibilities for bringing the proposed innovation to additional settings. Broadly construed, educational entrepreneurship initiatives can address a wide range of educational issues.
  • This competition encourages applications in every conceivable educational setting – from early childhood through corporate/adult training, in settings and contexts anywhere in the world.
  • They also welcome both nonprofit and for-profit submissions.
  • In terms of focus, they invite submissions that address issues of curriculum, instruction, educator professional development, assessment and evaluation, collaborations, learning design, technological innovations, learning/school support tools, and more.
  • In evaluating business plan submissions, their judges will consider the importance of the educational problem, the creativity and feasibility of the proposed solution, and the potential for widespread impact.


  • Any individual is eligible to enter the Competition
  • Applicants must be above 18 years

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


Semi-Finalists 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 1 is open to applicants who currently generate revenue, grants, customers, or investors, as well as those with well-conceived plans to do so.
  • Round 2 is open to Semi-Finalists 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.


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