Could an Idea for Fighting Poverty Be Worth a Billion Dollars? By Goldie Blumenstyk

Money is the subtext — and the text — at the ASU GSV Summit, an annual draw for thousands of education entrepreneurs and investors looking for capital or new strategic partners or clients. Some show up simply to send the message to their colleagues in the industry that, yes, they’re still out there kicking.

Like all good journalists, I adhere to a maxim: Follow the money. When I heard that the innovation arm of the nonprofit group Jobs for the Future was announcing the winners of its $1 Billion Wage Gain Challenge at the summit in San Diego last week, I figured I had found the motherlode.