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.


First place for $25,000 to Team Life After Life
Members: Shaily Patil MPS-RE ’21 (Baker), Jacob Tannenbaum MPS-RE ’21 (Baker)

For full competition details refer to the 2021 dropdown below!

Business Plan Competition Results by Year


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