Catalyst @ Penn GSE partners with StartEd to bring Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition to New York City

Tuesday, May 2, 2023

The competition is a keystone event of EDTECH WEEK 2023

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Jackie Jircitano, Catalyst @ Penn GSE Communications
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NEW YORK & PHILADELPHIA—StartEd, Inc, a public-benefit corporation, and Catalyst @ Penn GSE, a global center for innovation at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education (Penn GSE), have announced EDTECH WEEK 2023 to be held October 2–5 in New York City.

For the first time, the Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition (EBPC) Finals will take place live and on-stage as a keystone event of EDTECH WEEK 2023 on October 4 at the Times Center in New York City.

Considered the most prestigious and well-funded competition of its kind, the EBPC has awarded more than $1.8 million in cash and prizes since 2010 to outstanding ventures making advances in literacy, college access, socialemotional learning, and more. New this year, finalists will be matched with a dedicated, strategic advisor to develop their venture and perfect their pitch before the final competition.

“We’re thrilled not only that the 2023 Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition is returning to a live, in-person format for the first time since 2019, but also to join EDTECH WEEK 2023—two inspiring events presented together in New York City,” says Catalyst @ Penn GSE Executive Director Michael Golden. “Through our partnership, Milken-Penn GSE finalists will compete on the world stage, gaining more exposure among industry experts, potential investors, and peers than ever before.”

EDTECH WEEK 2023 will convene international leaders in education innovation to advance equitable teaching and learning worldwide through technology and entrepreneurship. New York City provides a vibrant global meeting point for change-makers to make new connections with peers and customers, raise capital, and experience rich culture—making EDTECH WEEK 2023 a must-attend event for the education and workforce innovation community.

“EDTECH WEEK gathers an army of highly skilled, highly motivated entrepreneurs, CEOs, venture capitalists, foundations, educators…and even Broadway entertainers…with a global mindset, in the national center of education innovation,” said Ash Kaluarachchi, CEO of StartEd. “We gather to learn and teach each other, kicking off the week with intimate peer groups surfacing the problems that the world needs solved to debating diverse stakeholders and experiencing efficacious solutions later on. This Fall, New York is where we’ll find StartEd’s communitythe people, ideas, and resources that improve the opportunities and outcomes in the global education and workforce industry.”

Since 2015, EDTECH WEEK has drawn thousands of technology innovators, early-stage investors, entrepreneurs, trainers, content creators, policymakers, media representatives, researchers, and educators to foster new partnerships and exchange best practices for the tech-powered future of education.

In addition to the 2023 Milken-Penn GSE EBPC Finals, highlights of EDTECH WEEK 2023 include presentations and master classes on education and technology from K12 to higher education, the future of work, and global education trends, as well as:

  • “Keynote: Illuminations” TED-style presentations by researchers and educators who are pioneering new learning solutions
  • “Think Tanks” in early learning, K12, higher ed, and the future of work with industry thought leaders, including esteemed members of the media, entrepreneurs, policymakers, researchers, faculty, and educators
  • “Shark Tanks” and “Gallery of Innovation” featuring the most prominent education investors and the hottest global startups representing the most exciting innovations
  • “Masterclasses” in accredited experiential learning led by faculty and entrepreneurs
  • “Learning Labs” visits to iconic New York education and cultural institutions
  • “Career Seeker” program for job seekers at any stage in their edtech career

For more information on the events and activities of EDTECH WEEK 2023 or to participate, please visit For more information on the 2023 Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition, visit


About StartEd

StartEd helps founders solve the biggest problems in education and workforce learning, at any point in the journey of building an organization that makes an impact, to ensure equitable quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all. Founded by industry-leading entrepreneurs, StartEd trains and networks education innovators addressing early childhood, K12, higher ed, workforce, and adult learning. The organization supports for-profit and non-profit companies, from idea to growth stages, from anywhere in the world. StartEd’s subscription-based programs offer access to community, capital, connections, and culture that align with a company’s stage and objective. For more information on StartEd, please visit

About Catalyst @ Penn GSE

Catalyst @ Penn GSE is a center for global education innovation housed within the University of Pennsylvania’s  Graduate School of Education (Penn GSE)—a top-ranked school of education in the United States (U.S. News & World Report). Catalyst connects people and ideas to develop new ways to advance education in novel and meaningful directions.

Building on Penn GSE's legacy of education innovation and leadership, Catalyst operates at the nexus of education, business, and technology to help generate, test, adapt, and disseminate best practices and powerful new tools for educators at all levels.

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