The EDSi Story
How can we improve education through social entrepreneurship?
In a rapidly changing world, education has become one of the foremost frontiers for social entrepreneurship and innovation. The Education Design Studio, Inc. (EDSi) is a hybrid incubator and seed fund designed to tackle some of education’s most difficult problems. Building off the success of the Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition, EDSi was launched in September 2013 by the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education to increase the success rate of education startups. EDSi represents a new paradigm for investors, with a model that blends the best elements of an incubator, design studio, seed fund and social impact company. Now through its fourth year, EDSi has grown to include 29 companies in its cohorts, tackling educational issues ranging from building early childhood centers in informal settlements in Kenya to asset management within classrooms.