Milken - PennGSE Education Business Plan Competition 2012


Executive summaries due


Competition Organizer

Milken Family Foundation; University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education

Submission Date


Business Plan Submission Date


Awards Date


Total Prize Cash (US Dollars)


Competition Category
  • Graduate - All U.S.
  • Undergraduate - All U.S.
  • Business - All U.S.
  • Specialized Industries
Who's Eligible

Any individual 18 or older who is NOT a University of Pennsylvania or Graduate School Education staff member, administrator, or other employee.

This competition encourages applications in every conceivable educational setting – from early childhood through corporate/adult training, in settings and contexts anywhere in the world. Submissions can address issues of curriculum, instruction, educator professional development, assessment and evaluation, collaborations, learning design, technological innovations, learning/school support tools, and more.

Important Dates

Executive summaries are due on December 12, 2011. All participants chosen to advance as semi-finalists must submit a full business plan by March 16, 2012. Finalists will be announced by May 4, 2012, and will present in the live competition on June 19, 2012, in Philadelphia. 

Competition Prizes

First overall business plan prize: $25,000

Second overall business plan prize: $15,000

Startl Prize for Open Educational Resources: $25,000

American Public University System Prize: $25,000


Other Info

In evaluating business plan submissions, the judges will consider the importance of the educational problem, the creativity and feasibility of the proposed solution, and the potential for widespread impact.