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UPenn Milken EdTech Competition

Apr 9, 2013

BIZ PLAN COMPETITIONSABOUND: In the spring, a student's mind might to turn exams and summerrecess. But startups'--or startup wannabe's--minds turn to business plancompetitions.

Today the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School ofEducation and the Milken Family Foundation announce the 10 finalistsin its annual EducationBusiness Plan Competition. (See the list below.) The competition will beheld at the UPenn conference on May 7 in Philadelphia. Winners will take home atotal of $120K divided among six prizes.  

The UPenn contest started in 2010 and encouragesapplications from young companies and aims to spotlight those deeply rooted in research.All told, UPenn received more than 250 applications from 17 countries for thecompetition and effectively crowd-sources the reviews of the plan, relying on 140experts to judge them. (Editor's note: EdSurge Betsy Corcoran will emcee theevent.)  

The UPenn competition may hand out the most cash. But there'splenty of competition among competitions--just in the first half of this yearalone.

SXSWedu kicked off a string this year by hosting its LaunchEDU competition in earlyMarch. 

Last week, the Yale School of Management heldits annual EducationLeadership Conference. (It awarded its top $10K prize to Education in Sight, a nonprofitthat has already screened thousands of students for vision issues and madehundreds of glasses available to needy students.)

And the Bay Area is teeming with moments-in-the-spotlight for edtech startups.Like many incubators, Imagine K12 launches its recent grads with a "demoday" that's very much like a business plan competition. (The next one willhappen in early May.) The SIIA's edtech InnovationIncubator is slated for May 5-7 in San Francisco. And startup enthusiast,Jason Calacanis will hold his second LaunchEDUin Mountain View in June 26 and 27.

“The competition is changing how the world thinks aboutedtech, entrepreneurs, and education,” says Dr. Bobbi Kurshan, executivedirector of academic innovation at Penn GSE, who orchestrated the competition.

The finalists in the 2013 Milken-Penn GSE Education businessplan competition are:

  • Holly Carter, Bykids
  • Jill Frankfort, Persistence Plus LLC
  • Marjan Ghara, BiblioNasium
  • Lida Hasbrouck, Ginkgotree
  • Victor Karkar, scrible, Inc.
  • Eve Lebwohl, Edfolio
  • Michele McKeone, Autism Expressed
  • Kimberley Munzo, ASPIREDU
  • Kathleen Schindler, UpSkill Capital
  • Preston Silverman, Raise Labs, Inc.

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UPenn Milken EdTech Competition

Apr 9, 2013

BIZ PLAN COMPETITIONSABOUND: In the spring, a student's mind might to turn exams and summerrecess. But startups'--or startup wannabe's--minds turn to business plancompetitions.

Today the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School ofEducation and the Milken Family Foundation announce the 10 finalistsin its annual EducationBusiness Plan Competition. (See the list below.) The competition will beheld at the UPenn conference on May 7 in Philadelphia. Winners will take home atotal of $120K divided among six prizes.  

The UPenn contest started in 2010 and encouragesapplications from young companies and aims to spotlight those deeply rooted in research.All told, UPenn received more than 250 applications from 17 countries for thecompetition and effectively crowd-sources the reviews of the plan, relying on 140experts to judge them. (Editor's note: EdSurge Betsy Corcoran will emcee theevent.)  

The UPenn competition may hand out the most cash. But there'splenty of competition among competitions--just in the first half of this yearalone.

SXSWedu kicked off a string this year by hosting its LaunchEDU competition in earlyMarch. 

Last week, the Yale School of Management heldits annual EducationLeadership Conference. (It awarded its top $10K prize to Education in Sight, a nonprofitthat has already screened thousands of students for vision issues and madehundreds of glasses available to needy students.)

And the Bay Area is teeming with moments-in-the-spotlight for edtech startups.Like many incubators, Imagine K12 launches its recent grads with a "demoday" that's very much like a business plan competition. (The next one willhappen in early May.) The SIIA's edtech InnovationIncubator is slated for May 5-7 in San Francisco. And startup enthusiast,Jason Calacanis will hold his second LaunchEDUin Mountain View in June 26 and 27.

“The competition is changing how the world thinks aboutedtech, entrepreneurs, and education,” says Dr. Bobbi Kurshan, executivedirector of academic innovation at Penn GSE, who orchestrated the competition.

The finalists in the 2013 Milken-Penn GSE Education businessplan competition are:

  • Holly Carter, Bykids
  • Jill Frankfort, Persistence Plus LLC
  • Marjan Ghara, BiblioNasium
  • Lida Hasbrouck, Ginkgotree
  • Victor Karkar, scrible, Inc.
  • Eve Lebwohl, Edfolio
  • Michele McKeone, Autism Expressed
  • Kimberley Munzo, ASPIREDU
  • Kathleen Schindler, UpSkill Capital
  • Preston Silverman, Raise Labs, Inc.

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