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Share your idea. Change the world: 2012 Milken-PennGSE Education Business Plan Competition

This announcement came in an e-mail from Doug Lynch, Vice-Dean, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania:

We are pleased to announce that the 3rd annual education business plan competition is now ready for submissions. This unique competition is designed to foster innovation in education. It is open to anyone in the world who has an idea to improve learning. It is not limited to the United States, and we welcome submissions that focus on any facet of education. The ideas can be for non-profit organizations or for profit ventures. There is over $90,000 in prizes. More importantly, the audience during the finals is made up of foundation officers and private investors (so winners tend to get approached about additional funding.

So if you have an idea to change the world of education, submit! We'd also be grateful if you'd spread the word. The more ideas, the better! Information on the initiative ΓΆ€“ NEST ("Networking Education entrepreneurs for Social Transformation") and on the competition (in addition to the last two year's winners) can be found at: http://nestcentral.org
Scan the list of judges.

Share your idea. Change the world.

Despite the size and import of learning, we have immense challenges; many hold out the hope of entrepreneurship to help solve some of these challenges. That said, until now there hasn't been a single education business plan competition in the world and while entrepreneurship in bio tech, software, engineering and medicine is quite robust with clusters of start ups surrounding some of the world's great universities, nothing similar exists in education.

To address this issue, the Milken Family Foundation and Penn have come together to be a joint catalyst for innovation in education, to help "create a space" for education entrepreneurs. To begin this process, we have put together a business plan competition and we hope --if you have an idea to change the world, that you will enter the competition.

We are proud to present our contestants with the following 5 prizes, totaling $90,000, and growing!

The Milken Family Foundation, First and Second Prize to the best overall business plans in the competition. First Prize $25,000, Second Prize $15,000.

The Startl Prize for Open Educational Resources: $25,000 Prize.

The American Public University System Prize for online/distance learning within higher education: $25,000 Prize.

The Non-Traditional Learner Prize for Innovation in the fields of Special Education and At-Risk Students: Prize TBD.

Thank you, and Good Luck!

2011 Judges
Jeanne Allen
The Center for Education Reform

Garry McDaniels
School Technology Services

Norman Atkins
Founder & CEO
Teacher U

Frances McLaughlin
Chief Operating Officer
Education Pioneers

John Bailey
Dutko Worldwide

Gail Mellow
LaGuardia Community College

G. W. Bavin
Managing Partner
Education Capital, LLC

Talia Milgrom-Elcott
Program Officer in Urban Education
Carnegie Corporation

Michael Bijaoui
Managing Director
East Wind Advisors

Mark Milliron
Deputy Director, Postsecondary Improvement
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Gagan Biyani

Michael Moe
Next Advisors

Frank Bonsal, III
New Markets Venture Partners

Hans-Jaap Moes
Managing Director
E-Learning for Kids Foundation

Wallace E. Boston, Jr.
President & CEO
American Public University System

Nick Morgan
Managing Director
District Management Council

Warren Buckleitner
Children's Technology Review

Jeffrey B. Moss
Chief of Enterprise Growth
Educational Testing Service

Dennis Cheek
Senior Fellow
Foreign Policy Research Institute

Elizabeth Neale
Executive Director
School Leaders Network
George Cigale

David Nevas
Business Development Associate
Edison Ventures

Mark Claypool
President & CEO
Educational Services of America

Gregory P. O'Brien
Chief Financial Officer
The CollegeBound Network

Phil Clough
Managing General Partner
ABS Capital Partners

Ron Packard
President and CEO
K12, Inc.

John Danner
Rocketship Education

John Panaccione
President & CEO
Logicbay, Inc.

Charles Fadel
Global Lead, Education
Cisco Systems

Daniel Planko
Managing Member
Noah Fund, LLC

Ron Fortune

Deborah Quazzo
NeXtAdvisors, LLC

Sigrid Frandsen
Cross-Curricular Connections

Margo Quiriconi
Director in Education
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Todd Gibby

Laurie Racine

Michael Golden
Vice President, Education Products

Victor Reinoso
Deputy Mayor for Education
Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education

Greg Gunn
Wireless Generation

Julia Rosen
Associate VP for Innovation
Arizona State University

Jonathan Harber
Founder & CEO
SchoolNet, Inc.

Shaun C. Sims
Digital Proctor

Sabrina Kay
Fremont College

Steven Starr
Chief Program Officer
Citizen Global

Joey King
Executive Director
National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education

Jason Stoffer
Maveron, LLC

Dean Kline
Managing Director
Penn Venture Partners

Alan Todd
Corporate University Xchange

Barbara "Bobbi" Kurshan
Executive Director

Mark Vineis
Founder & CEO
Mondo Publishing

Cecilia Lenk

Victor Vuchic
Program Officer
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Michael Levine
Executive Director
Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop

Gene Wade
Co-Founder & CEO
Platform Learning

Gilman Louis
Alsop Louie Partners

Ben Wallerstein
Managing Director
Dutko Worldwide

Bruno Manno
Senior Advisor
Walton Family Foundation

Phoenix Wang
Co-Founder & Managing Director

— Press Release
NEST: Networking eEducational Entrepreneurs for Social Transformation





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