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

September 24, 2021

 Will Travel See Another Halt Until 2022?

Featuring Tim Hentschel ’01, CEO,

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September 24, 2021

IDeaS and Amadeus expand technology partnership

Featuring board member company IDeaS



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September 21, 2021

CHMWarnick Names Mark VanStekelenburg Senior Vice-President

Featuring Chad Crandall ’83, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, CHMWarnick

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Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship BusinessFeed

November 24, 2021

Hospitality Hackathon promotes interdisciplinary, data-driven solutions

120 students from across Cornell came together in 21 teams to model, prototype, and present their solutions to unique issues brought by the pandemic. logo
October 19, 2021

Higher prices, longer waits, smaller menus: Dining out in CNY isn’t what it used to be

Nolan School Professor David Sherwyn thinks restaurant staffing issues are thornier than their supply chain problems and potentially harder to fix.

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October 12, 2021

Cirona Labs creates cannabinoid ingredients for food, beverage, and cosmetics companies

Hotelie Hunter Friedland ’19, founder of Cirona Labs, credits Cornell’s entrepreneurship ecosystem for helping him to build and launch his startup.

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.