Accelerating innovation in education

The first of its kind, the Education Design Studio, Inc. (EDSi) is a hybrid incubator and design studio with a singular focus on education entrepreneurship. EDSi leverages its connection with The University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education (Penn GSE) to bring all education stakeholders together to increase the success rates of education-related start-ups and early stage ventures.

Bringing Experts Together

Our community brings entrepreneurs together with world-class Penn Faculty, educators, students, and key partners to foster collaborative efforts in innovation in education. The EDSi approach supports early stage ventures in a few key ways:

  • Penn faculty and students provide supporting research.
  • Entrepreneurs receive funding upon mentoring, plus additional funding opportunities to prepare ventures for qualified investments.
  • Experienced business partners and investors support all EDSi Fellows, providing services, expertise, and funding.
  • Bridges gap between academic research and best practices in business and education.


Leveraging our ecosystem

EDSi uses its unique network to create an education ecosystem that supports creativity and innovation. We facilitate connections in multiple dimensions through our connections with Milken-Penn GSE Business Plan Competition, Penn GSE’s Master’s in Entrepreneurship Program, our new office space in an education-centered community at Oxford Mills, and our partners in the larger education community. By bringing these components together, EDSi seeks to accelerate education innovation and increase the success rates of education start-ups.