January 8, 2019

Tenth annual Education Business Plan Competition now accepting entries

A team of entrepreneurs works on a new idea.

Entrepreneurs, innovators, and educators who believe their business can address persistent and emerging problems in education are invited to apply for the 10th annual Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition.

Applications will be accepted until February 13, with 20 semifinalists announced April 1. The finals will be held October 7 in Philadelphia.

Previous winners and finalists have used the EBPC as a springboard into the education marketplace, having raised an additional $135 million in funding since they competed.

EBPC entrepreneurs have also been named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list, been featured on Shark Tank, listed on Fast Company’s World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Africa, and to President Obama’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans.

Previous finalists include Degreed, KinvolvedTassl, and Caribu.

This year’s competition will feature a new level of support for competitors. Finalists and semifinalists will have access to a year-long continuum of informative programming to support entrepreneurs featuring experts from all corners of the education innovation space sharing their knowledge at events presented live and broadcast over the internet. Finalists will also have more opportunities to showcase their enterprise to the larger education innovation ecosystem. 

“Every year we hear amazing ideas from entrepreneurs who want to improve education from early childhood to graduate school, in the US and around the world,” said Michael Golden, executive director of Catalyst @ Penn GSE. “With these new supports, we will help entrepreneurs better refine their ideas so they can reach the market faster and make a bigger impact when they get there.”