Catalyst boot camp introduces entrepreneurs to the business of education

The eyes of more than 50 education entrepreneurs followed Rita Ferrandino as she led them through the rolling waves of a chart representing the business calendar used by American schools and universities.

If you can master this cycle, Ferrandino told the entrepreneurs, your concept could break through and change how children learn. If you can't, your concept will be another good idea that failed to reach students, because it failed as a business.

Winners Announced for Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition Idea Path

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Jeff Frantz, Penn GSE Associate Director of Communications | 215-898-3269


PHILADELPHIA, PA, DECEMBER 5, 2017 — The University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education (Penn GSE) and the Milken Family Foundation have announced the winners of the Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition (EBPC) Idea Path. This year’s winning ideas help teachers create engaging class projects, match students and employers, and give educators in Africa access to digital tools.

Penn GSE and Wharton team for new dual-degree program

Cindy Liu arrived at Penn with a vision. She wants to create a global network of schools that focus on experiential and personalized learning.

Turning that vision into a reality will require succeeding in the classroom and on the balance sheet. So Liu is studying both business and education, as the first student in a dual-degree program that will allow her to earn an MBA from the Wharton School and a Master’s in Education Entrepreneurship from Penn GSE.

Putting synthetic biology in the hands of high school students

Penn GSE's Yasmin Kafai is bringing the new field of synthetic biology into Philadelphia high schools.

Kafai is collaborating with PennDesign's Orkan Telhan to develop affordable, safe, and user-friendly synthetic biology wetlab kits for high school students. Students use the kits to build genetic circuits, which they insert into microorganisms to manipulate the color, smell, and shape of the organisms.

Finalists Announced For 2017 Education Business Plan Competition Idea Path from University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education & the Milken Family Foundation

Media Contact: 

Jeff Frantz, Penn GSE Associate Director of Communications / (215) 898-3269

The University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education (Penn GSE) and the Milken Family Foundation today announced the finalists for the Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition (EBPC) Idea Path. Entrepreneurs are pursing ideas that could change education around the globe, from pairing gaming with music lessons in Philadelphia to teaching digital and problem solving skills in eastern Kenya.  

New honor for pioneering faculty member Yasmin Kafai

Yasmin Kafai, the chair of Penn GSE’s Teaching, Learning and Leadership division, has been named the inaugural Lori and Michael Milken President’s Distinguished Professor in Education.

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Michael Golden joins Penn GSE to lead a center for innovation

Michael Golden was fulfilled as the CEO of Educurious, the education nonprofit he co-founded seven years ago to create project-based learning opportunities, professional development, and an expert network that connects students to professions and career paths. The Seattle-based nonprofit reached nearly100,000 students in more than 20 states.

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Education Business Plan Competition partners with Reimagine Education for Idea Path competition

The Innovation @ Penn GSE team is always looking for new ways to support and catalyze innovation in education. The crown jewel of these efforts is the Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition (EBPC).  In 2015, the competition launched an Idea Path – a showcase for entrepreneurs in the early stages of ideation and venture development.

Bringing pedagogy to corporate professional development

Noticing how time consuming, expensive—and in some cases frustrating—it can be for businesses seeking professional development to find the right program for their teams, Ilya Breyman set off to find a better way.





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