The Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship engages leading industry experts and faculty to educate students and provide them with experiential opportunities to learn all aspects of entrepreneurship. To support these critical goals, the Pillsbury Institute offers students, entrepreneurs, and faculty an expanding range of courses, programs, and activities focused on advancing students’ entrepreneurship knowledge and mastery.

Directors' Welcome

Linda Canina and David Sherwyn

"Welcome to the Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship (PIHE)! For more than a decade, PIHE has been the home of entrepreneurship activity at the Cornell Peter and Stephanie Nolan School of Hotel Administration and a vital voice for all issues affecting entrepreneurship at Cornell and within the hospitality industry." Read More



At all stages of ideation, the Pillsbury Institute offers students, entrepreneurs, and faculty a broad range of courses, programs, and activities in which to engage. Learn More

Corporate Relations

Giving Opportunities

Support an academic entrepreneurial program or finance a space where students can brainstorm and collaborate on business ideas and ventures.

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Become a member and help the Pillsbury Institute provide professional expertise for student entrepreneurs.

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Event Sponsorships

Help students develop their entrepreneurial spirit and sponsor an event, program, or internship at the Pillsbury Institute.

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Members in the News

July 6, 2022

Restaurant chef warm to farm-raised seafood

Featuring Abe Ng ’95, Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer, Sushi Maki

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May 2, 2022

App connecting driveways with beachgoers wins hospitality business contest

Featuring Business Plan Competition, 1st Place Team Outer Space

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April 11, 2022

New cafe opens at Area 15 this week from the team behind Honey Salt

Featuring Elizabeth Blau, MS ’97



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Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship BusinessFeed

a young woman and man in business suits standing and delivering their presentation.
December 1, 2022

Contestants Cash In on a Case for Cannabis

Hospitality Pitch Deck Competition showcases marketable business ideas, polished presentations, expert feedback, and $5,000 in seed funding.

one female and two male students sitting at a table with laptops, talking, gesturing, and laughing, with another man and woman standing in the background.
December 1, 2022

Students Envision New Programs for “Workcation” Guests at Hospitality Hackathon

Students from across Cornell proposed new programs aimed at delivering exceptional experiences for the hotel guest of the future.

October 3, 2022

Where Are They Now? Harsha L’Acqua, MMH ’14

Alumni are asked to share their journeys and recollections. Harsha L'Acqua, MMH '14 is founder and CEO of Saira Hospitality.

PIHE Events

COVID-19 insights and tools for the hospitality industry

The Cornell Nolan School has developed a collection of resources to equip all sectors of the hospitality industry with tools and guidance as its leaders continue to navigate the unprecedented impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.