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Published on Jun 16, 2011

theCoursebook Takes $50,000 Prize in Milken-Penn GSE's Second Annual Education Business Plan Competition


The Milken Family Foundation and Penn GSE (http://www.gse.upenn.edu/), along with the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, distributed $65,000 in prize money on Thursday, June 9, in the second annual Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition (http://nestcentral.org/2011-competition).

The University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education's inaugural Entrepreneurship in Education Summit in 2008 launched the idea of connecting educators, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs who were interested in educational improvement through an annual business plan competition exclusively focused on using innovation and entrepreneurship to strengthen education.

This year, nine finalists (http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/news/ni...) traveled to Penn's campus in Philadelphia to present their business plan ideas to 10 judges. They were competing for the top prize of $25,000, a second place prize of $15,000 and the additional $25,000 StartlPrize for Open Education Resources from the Hewlett Foundation.

Of 200 submissions from around the globe, Alexandre Scialom took first place and the Startl Prize, totaling $50,000, for theCoursebook (http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/news/th...). His idea to connect lifelong learners to online and offline learning resources. Judd Rattner received the second prize of $15,000 for Intellidemia, a syllabus management system.

This video documents the winning contestants' presentations and the award ceremony, as well as a message from Gregory Milken of the Milken Family Foundation.

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