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.

Director's 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 Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration (SHA) and a vital voice for all issues affecting entrepreneurship at Cornell and within the hospitality industry." Read More

COVID-19 insights and tools for the hospitality industry

The School of Hotel Administration 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.



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

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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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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

Pillsbury Advisory Board members and their companies are often featured in the news as thought leaders in their fields. Here, at the Pillsbury Institute, we are proud to recognize their accomplishments. Please take a moment to learn more about our members!

May 18, 2020

Reopening is a tightrope walk for hoteliers

“We rarely ever have a chance to do it a second time around. Let’s see if we can do it better than the first time. That’s the goal.” -Chad Crandell ’83, Co-Founder & CEO, CHMWarnick

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May 22, 2020

Turning the Crisis into an Opportunity – Insights from Ted Teng on combating COVID-19!

“To me, businesses which think in the long term will not only survive this but will come through this better off.” -Ted Teng ’79 Former President and Chief Executive Officer,The Leading Hotels of the World

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July 23, 2020

Warren Leeds: How This F&B Entrepreneur is Spearheading the Future of In-Office Dining

Shortly after graduating from Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration, Warren Leeds ’84, (CEO and Founder of Dartcor Food Services)  knew that he wanted to take everything he had learned to build a dynamic, hospitality-centric company.

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Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship BusinessFeed

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July 22, 2020

Case study challenge invites students, alumni, and hospitality experts to weigh in

Chekitan Dev’s co-authored case examines options for expansion of a luxury resort. Learn more about the challenge and see how the industry responded.

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April 23, 2020

Airport lounge idea wins hospitality business plan competition

Matte Black Lounges wins this year's Hospitality Business Plan Competition hosted by SHA’s Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship.

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April 3, 2020

SHA launches hospitality industry resource hub

The COVID-19 resource hub compiles expert information, tools, and guidance from the school's faculty and its partners in the hospitality industry.

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