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.

Cash prizes for the top three finishers total over $35,000. 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.

The 2019 finals will take place Saturday, March 16, at 2:00 p.m. in Statler Auditorium.

2018 Registration is now open

Registration Deadline is Friday, November 9 at Noon
Official Rules and Guidelines

For complete guidelines and information, review the official rules (docx) of the Hospitality Business Plan Competition or contact the Pillsbury Institute at pihe@cornell.edu or 607.255.0179. Or follow the Pillsbury Institute on Facebook.

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Past Competitions

One of the finalist teams presenting at the 2018 Hospitality Business Plan Competition
Team YNot Bike being honored as winners of the 2018 Hospitality Business Plan Competition
One of the finalist teams presenting at the 2018 Hospitality Business Plan Competition

BPC

For information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Michelle Ciaschi at mlc296@cornell.edu or 607.255.0179.