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Forward-thinking teachers in the Philadelphia area have a pretty cool opportunity coming up. On Tuesday, May 13th the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education will again host the Milken-PennGSE Education Business Plan Competition (EBPC) LIVE from Penn’s campus. This is a free event and you can indicate your interest in attending here.
The entire event spans two days (May 13 & 14) and is hosted at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania, 3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (Full event itinerary)
The Milken Family Foundation and Penn have partnered as a joint catalyst for innovation in education to help create a space for education entrepreneurs. This education business plan competition was constructed to offer anyone with an idea to change the world a stage to present their ideas.
One of the greatest challenges to innovation in education is bringing together – in the same room – practitioner teachers and leaders working in the daily trenches of our schools with those who are out there creating apps, sites and other solutions to support daily teaching, learning and leadership needs. Each of these important innovation sectors can learn a great deal with one another, and we should be creating more time and space for open sharing between them while include our students in the process.
This event lends itself to these challenges by bringing innovators together with practitioners in physical and virtual ways. Since the first event in 2010, categories including Innovation in Online Education, Open Educational Resources, Borderless (International) Education, Special Education and At-Risk Students have been the focus of successfully funded innovative ideas. This year’s entries were submitted during the months of December and January, and have since been put through a judging process which will reveal whose innovative ideas have made it to “finalist” status during the upcoming May event. I’m certainly looking forward to new possibilities for our students, teachers, parents, school leaders and community members at the event, and hope to connect with you there.
2013 #MilkenPennGSE Winning Entrepreneurs
2013 #MilkenPennGSE Finalists (in no particular order)
Notable Resources leading up to #MilkenPennGSE 2014
Check out the winners from previous events here including those pictured above Raise, Autism Expressed, Persistence Plus, Biblionasium and more.
Learn more about EDSi, @PennGSE’s Education Design Studio, Inc. – a pipeline for education entrepreneurs to enter the marketplace.
Can’t make it to the event? Follow the hashtag #MilkenPennGSE on Twitter and if you’re not (yet) on Twitter, follow along at twubs.com/MilkenPennGSE.
More on the @Milken Family Foundation
The Milken family – who are Penn graduates – embody the Franklin spirit and through Knowledge Universe have demonstrated successful educational entrepreneurship – from pre-K services through college education for working adults. And in their philanthropic activities, the Milken family have made education – particularly innovation in education – a cornerstone of their work. Visit www.mff.org for more information.