Hospitality Business Plan Competition

Team YNot Bike being honored as winners of the 2018 Hospitality Business Plan Competition

Presented by the Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship

The Hospitality Business Plan Competition provides an experiential learning opportunity to rising entrepreneurs looking to make their mark on the hospitality industry. The competition kicks off at the start of the academic year and culminates in early spring with the submission of final business plans and group presentations. The winners are announced during Hotel Ezra Cornell (HEC).

On Saturday, March 17, five student teams presented their pitches in the final round in pursuit of a first-place prize of $25,000. Cash prizes totaling over $35,000 are awarded to the top three teams!

Winning Teams

Congratulations to the 2018 winning teams!

  1. First place ($25,000): YNot Bike
  2. Second place ($7,500): Fitz
  3. Third place ($5,000): Rewardzzz

All Finalist Teams and Members

  • Campagna: Aida Scarpati '18, Tamar Paikowsky '18, and Tiange Xiao '18
  • Synwell Consulting: Hongwei Wang '18 (CHE) and Yibing Sun '19
  • Fitz: Frank Baptista '18, Samantha Cohn '18, Sage Patel '18, Margaux Verbeeck '18, and Richelle King '18
  • Ynot Bike: Will Murphy '18 (ENG), Stephanie Forester '19, Davis Bruch '20, and Sam Barnum '19 (ILR)
  • Rewardzzz: Hunter Friedland '19, Lorenzo Masias '20, and Spencer Goldsmith '20 (A&S)

Learn more about all the finalists' business concepts.


Sponsors

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Silver

  • Elizabeth Shingleton Glomsrud '00 and Barbara Foote Shingleton '75

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