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

Ken Notari

Featured EBV Alumnus: Ken Notari

Ken Notari had long been interested in entrepreneurship, and after a 20-year military career, he and his wife Dani were already on the path to starting their own business. But it was after he attended EBV that everything fell into place...

Read more »
Pepper the robot hugs a student

Students jump-start hospitality innovation with Pepper the robot

In a competition sponsored by the Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship, nine teams had five minutes each to present their innovative ideas for how to make the best use of Pepper, an interactive child-size humanoid robot, in the hospitality industry

Read more »

Customized Online Programs from Cornell

Discover how Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts worked with Cornell to design and deliver a customized online learning program for its global Directors of Finance. Make it happen for your organization!

Read more »
Real Estate Online Cert

Hotel Real Estate - Updated Online Certificate

An updated online-certificate series provides tools for valuing hotel real estate investments and management contracts.

Read more »
online learning data marketing

NEW Online Certificates in Data Analytics and Customer-Driven Marketing from the Hotel School and eCornell

The Hotel School—powered by eCornell—introduces two new online certificates to its growing portfolio for hospitality industry professionals.

Read more »
HLDP Fellows visit Coors Field in Denver, CO

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts signs on to sponsor HLDP

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts Signs on to Sponsor HLDP

Read more »