Booth-Yale Education Business Plan Competition

Congratulations to our
2017 Booth-Yale Business Plan Competition Winner: 


The Education Business Plan Competition is a joint effort between the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and the Yale School of Management. Its mission is to promote entrepreneurship in the education sector as a means of advancing education reform. The competition will focus on seed proposals rather than fully-developed businesses to encourage novel thought.

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why enter?

  • You have an idea that will improve educational opportunities for students.
  • You’ve started planning your venture but want advice from industry experts, entrepreneurs, and VCs.
  • You want to practice your pitch and get feedback from potential financiers.
  • Earn $10,000 to further refine your business plan and accelerate your venture.

How it works

Online application deadline

Semifinalists announced

Semifinalists submit final business plans

Finalists announced

Finalists receive support from 4.0 Schools to develop presentations and pitches

Finalists pitch ventures at Education Leadership Conference

January 27, 2017

February 6, 2017

February 27, 2017

March 13, 2017

March 14-April 3, 2017

April 7, 2017


What we want to Accomplish

  • Encourage graduate/undergraduate students and other entrepreneurs to conceive of and develop new ventures that work to close the achievement gap and raise student achievement.
  • Build a foundation of future entrepreneurs in education.
  • Promote innovation and enterprise as a means of advancing education reform.

How to Enter

Applications are due January 27, 2017. Submit your application here.

2017 Business Plan Competition Sponsors


With Consulting Services Provided By



Congratulations to brEDcrumb, winners of the 2016 Education Education Business Plan Competition! brEDcrumb exists to equip and enable students find a path to college, so that they can achieve their full potential. Check out brEDcrumb’s Education Business Plan application from last year:

  • Proposal Application
  • Final Presentation

2015 Winner

Congratulations to PinkThink, winners of the 2015 Education Education Business Plan Competition! PinkThink is a for profit social enterprise that creates cool, engaging and social mobile games for each subject area of (S)cience, (T)echnology, (E)ngineering, and (M)ath for girls ages 8-14. Check out PinkThink’s Education Business Plan application from 2015: