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APUS Names Finalists for APUS Innovation in Online Education Prize

2013 Winner to be named in May as part of Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition

Charles Town, WV, April 9, 2013American Public University System (APUS) today announced seven finalists for its annual Prize for Innovation in Online Education, part of the 2013 Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition (EBPC).  The EBPC, now in its fourth year, is designed to stimulate cutting-edge ideas that serve the world’s educational needs, from Pre-K to adult learning.

The 2013 APUS prize finalists for the best business plan leveraging online/distance learning within higher education include the following:

  • Kimberley Munzo, ASPIREDU
    A predictive analytics application which helps to proactively identify at-risk students and help increase student retention and satisfaction.

  • Michele McKeone, Autism Expressed
    A program which teaches digital skills to improve transition outcomes for special education students.

  • Marjan Ghara, BiblioNasium 
    Blends technology with personal connection to create a supportive, engaging online space for childrens’ reading success.

  • Eve Lebwohl, Edfolio (no website)
    An online platform that offers personalized course discovery and learning plans to help people get the most out of their online education.

  • Lida Hasbrouck, Ginkgotree
    Unifies online course materials, with built-in copyright clearance and content sourcing.

  • Jill Frankfort, Persistence Plus LLC 
    A mobility platform using behavioral research to support college persistence, completion, and student success.

  • Victor Karkar, scrible, Inc.
    Empowers students to mark-up web pages in the browser and manage and collaborate on them online.

APUS created the award in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education to support the growth and success of e‐learning in higher education, and last year presented the $25,000 award to online research platform Citelighter.  All finalists will gather in Philadelphia on May 7-8 for a live competition with a total of $120,000 in prize funding and judged by a panel of industry leaders, including Dr. Wallace E. Boston, APUS president & CEO.

“We applaud the entrepreneurial spirit behind these noteworthy submissions, each of which is intended to help stimulate new thought and structure within institutions," said Dr. Boston, a Penn GSE graduate.

Sponsored by the Networking Education Entrepreneurs for Social Transformation (NEST), the EBPC was developed to create a forum for education entrepreneurs, whether focused locally or globally, public or private, to catalyze innovation in education. More information on NEST can be found at: