Osmosis Wins Milken-Penn GSE Education Competition

Osmosis Team
May 15, 2014

May has been a great month for the Osmosis team. We announced our grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as well as our paper in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The good news continues today.

Earlier this year we were one of 250 education companies that applied to the prestigious Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition & Conference. We were humbled to make it through the semifinals and into the finals, where we joined 11 other amazing education startups. The finalist companies converged in Philadelphia on May 13th and 14th, with some coming from as far as Chile and Tanzania. The quality of our peer companies was incredible, and their solutions impressive. One company recycles electric batteries from cars to power classrooms in developing nations. Another helps teachers and parents coordinate the education of learning-disabled students. And still another helps students learn vocabulary "by Osmosis" - that is, passively while they are browsing the web. Each of the companies was profiled in a podcast which you can check out, starting with the Osmosis recording here.

Hosted by Penn GSE's Director of Academic Innovation, Barbara 'Bobbi' Kurshan, the conference was a highlight in and of itself because it attracted leaders in education technology and innovation, which led to great discourse and sessions. The final judges included Gregory Milken (of the Milken Family Foundation), Dr. Wally Boston (President and CEO of the American Public University System), and Matthew Haldeman (McGraw Hill's VP of Strategic Technology Partnerships). In addition to judging the overall awards these judges also were responsible for determining the winners of the sponsored awards.

After each of the finalists gave their six-minute pitches, they were drilled for up to 10 minutes of Q&A about everything from their growth plans to their underlying technology. The judges then were given a few hours of deliberation followed by a suspenseful award ceremony. Osmosis was fortunate to be awarded two of the top prizes: the American Public University System Prize for Online Education and the overall First Prize of the competition by the Milken Family Foundation. It was an amazing honor for our team and continued validation of the work we are doing which we hope will transform the way our future health care professionals are trained.

See below for pictures from the closing ceremony and check out the coverage in EdsurgeTechnically PhillyPhilly Business JournalEDUKWEST, and the Osmosis Blog.

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The 2014 Finalists with Gregory Milken, Bobbi Kurshan, and Penn GSE Dean Andy Porter

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Osmosis wins the APUS Prize for Online Education, presented by Dr. Wally Boston

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Osmosis wins the overall First Place award, presented by Gregory Milken of the Milken Family Foundation