Winners of the 2015 Hospitality Business Plan Competition

Christina Elliott, MMH '15

Christina Elliott, MMH '15, creator of the Modern Market concept, winner of the 2015 Hospitality Business Plan Competition

Every year, the Hospitality Business Plan Competition gives teams of Cornell students the opportunity to develop business concepts and enter them in a competition. The top three teams receive sponsored cash prizes ($15,000, $5,000, and $2,500) to help fund and actually launch their businesses.

This year's five finalist teams made their final presentations to a panel of judges on March 21 as part of Hotel Ezra Cornell. Modern Market took home the grand prize, with BrewMe and RedHead Wine coming in second and third.

Some of the concepts are already "real businesses," and regardless of where they placed in the competition, many others represent viable ideas that could conceivably reach market.

More Spotlights


Online Certificate in Financial Management

Learn to analyze and communicate in the language of finance by demystifying financial terminology, assumptions, and concepts.

Read more »
HR in Hospitality

SHA and ILR students network with the movers and shakers in hospitality

Every year, Professors David Sherwyn and Richard Hurd select a group of students from their co-taught Labor Relations in the Hospitality Industry class (HADM 4810/ILRLR 4060) to attend the HR in Hospitality Conference and Expo, now in its tenth year...

Read more »
Server carrying plates at a fine-dining restaurant

Why your upscale restaurant server still takes your order by hand, even though technology abounds

There's one type of establishment where it's unlikely your order will be taken by a device: fine dining restaurants.

Read more »
CIHLER roundtable on Trump Administration

CIHLER roundtable anticipates changes to labor and employment relations under Trump administration

Prominent lawyers, professors, corporate managers, and union leaders gathered for a CIHLER roundtable on April 24 to discuss the direction of hospitality, labor, and employment relations under the Trump administration.

Read more »
Kenneth A. Himmel

Featured advisory board member: Kenneth A. Himmel '70

Kenneth A. Himmel '70 is president and chief executive officer of Related Urban, the nation's leading developer of large-scale mixed-use properties. 

Read more »