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National Education Startup Challenge

February 21st, 2012

The U.S. Department of Education is launching the National Education Startup Challenge. They are inviting students to develop an innovative solution to an education problem and design a blueprint for a new company or organization – a startup – to deliver that solution.

Students from across the country are invited to submit a business plan and a video pitch for a for-profit or non-profit startup that includes an innovative strategy, product or service designed to address one of these four topics:

  1. Middle Grades Matter
    Helping middle school students transition to high school and stay on track to graduate.
  2. Skills, Skills, Skills
    Providing students in rural, urban, and/or high-poverty communities with opportunities for internships or other work- and community-based learning experiences that help them develop skills for success in postsecondary education, 21st century careers, and civic life.
  3. Education Pays
    Making it easier for students and families to find and select high-quality, affordable postsecondary programs – whether colleges, universities, or career training programs – that provide good value.
  4. Finishing Faster
    Increasing the likelihood that postsecondary students complete their degrees, and decreasing the time it takes them to finish, such as by improving and speeding up remedial education.


Submissions will be judged by a panel of prominent educators and entrepreneurs who will identify the top startup submissions in three categories:

  • 6th – 8th grade students
  • 9th – 12th grade students
  • Undergraduate/ postsecondary students

Complete guidelines and entry information can be found here:

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