Hospitality Business Plan Competition

The Cornell Hospitality Business Plan Competition is an annual entrepreneurship event that begins at the start of the academic year when students form teams and develop executive summaries for their business plans. The competition ends in early spring during Hotel Ezra Cornell (HEC), when the student teams submit their final business plans and semi-finalist teams make their presentations to a judging panel that selects the top three concepts as winners.

Prizes for the top three finishers total over $35,000 (All prizes subject to tax withholdings as required by IRS regulations). The Business Plan Competition is a meaningful learning experience for students who are interested in pursuing an entrepreneurial venture and whose ideas serve as new independent ventures in the seed, start-up, or early growth stages.

Join us for the Finals!
Friday, April 21, 2023 | 2-4pm | Statler Auditorium



First place for $25,000 to team Outer Space
Team Members: Alex Barr ’24, Nadeem Gangat ’25, Samuel Nichols ’24, Jude Rizzo ’25, Bill Tong ’24

Watch the 2022 competition here

Dean Kate Walsh, Linda Canina along with two judges and the winning team

Cornell Chronicle (May 2, 2022): App connecting driveways with beachgoers win hospitality business contest

For full competition details refer to the 2021-2022 dropdown below.

Business Plan Competition Results by Academic Year


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