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 2020 finals took place virtually on April 17, 2020.  Watch the full recording by clicking the button below!

For complete guidelines and information

Review the official rules above of the Hospitality Business Plan Competition or contact the Pillsbury Institute at or 607.255.0179. Or follow the Pillsbury Institute on Facebook.

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BPC judges
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For information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Michelle Ciaschi at or 607.255.0179.