December 16, 2015

SHA students mentored by Ken Fearn, noted entrepreneur and civic leader

By Sandi Mulconry

“Be preposterous.”

Kenneth Fearn received that advice from his mentor, commercial real estate icon John Cushman, and took it to heart, founding Integrated Capital, a hotel-focused, private real estate advisory and investment firm, in 2004.

Now, as a participant in the

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September 18, 2015

Entrepreneurs in Residence: mentoring students with entrepreneurial dreams

By Sandi Mulconry

At cafes where the drinks are delicious but culture is king, Nick Bayer, A&S ’00, founder and chief executive officer of Saxbys Coffee, seeks to “make life better” for his 20,000 daily guests.

Saxbys is not your typical coffee shop—it’s

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November 4, 2014

Pillsbury Institute adds new programs to increase entrepreneurship engagement

By Sherrie Negrea

Every three weeks, Dajana Gjoza ’16 calls Anne Loehr ’90, a leadership development consultant in Washington, D.C., and over the next hour, they talk about entrepreneurship and how Gjoza can start her own business.

Three months after their conversations began, Gjoza has already started creating a business plan for her proposed wedding planning company. “It’s just been really great to learn from Anne, because she’s had so much experience in entrepreneurship,” says Gjoza, who plans to meet Loehr when she visits campus this fall to speak in a course called Conversations with Entrepreneurs.
The Connect Entrepreneurial Hotelies Mentor Network is one of several new initiatives launched by the The Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship at SHA. This fall, the institute will sponsor a Faculty Fellows Program funded by a grant from the Coleman Foundation, which will enable three professors at Cornell to introduce entrepreneurship training education in their courses.

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