Department of Education wants students’ startup ideas

Through May 1, students from across the country are invited to submit their innovative ideas to the U.S. Department of Education’s National Education Startup Challenge.

The Department of Education asks participants 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 that’s designed to address one of four challenge topics: ‘Middle Grades Matter,’ ‘Skills, Skills, Skills,’ ‘Education Pays,’ or ‘Finish Faster.’

Participants can work alone or in teams of up to four people. Students in grades 6 through 12 and undergraduate students are eligible to participate. Out-of-school youth, ages 12 to 22, are also eligible.

Winners will be celebrated by senior White House and Department of Education officials and may qualify for additional recognition opportunities.

For more information about contest rules and the submission process, visit