2017 Business Plan Competition

2017 Business Plan Competition Winners

Congratulations to the 2017 winning teams!

  1. First place: ($25,000) Natural Cuts
  2. Second place: ($7,500) Bill’s
  3. Third place: ($5,000) Doña Nata


  • Bill’s (Team Bill’s offers a rotating selection of flavor-forward beer designed and driven by the customer): Will Mangan, MMH ’17 and Lydia Xu, MMH ’17. View Bill’s presentation.
  • CHOMP (Team CHOMP is a full service sandwich restaurant tailored for university cities): Ben Guzick, MMH ’17, Varun Vesuvala, MMH ’17, and Alex Szwyd, MMH ’17. View CHOMP’s presentation.
  • Doña Nata (Team Doña Nata is a food hall management service that offers an immersive experience in Mexican cuisine and spirits): Angela Lindsay ’17, Antonio Miceli, MMH ’17, and Natalia Ruiz, MMH ’17. View Doña’s presentation.
  • Latitude (Team Latitude will develop a geolocation-based mobile application that allows tourists to discover the hidden gems of a city as well as connecting with other tourists): Gauri Khanna ’17 and Sonali Tolani ’17 (Dyson). View Latitude’s presentation.
  • Natural Cuts (Team Natural Cuts will provide shelf-stable, fresh-cut produce to the foodservice sector): Vipul Prakash Saran, MPS ’17 (CALS) and Harrison Willis, MPS-RE ’17. View Natural Cuts’ presentation.


Video: Cornell Hospitality Business Plan Competition 2017

Platinum Sponsors

  • Greg Dollarhyde ’80, MBA ’81
  • Sandy Solmon, P ’15


  • Elizabeth Shingleton Glomsrud ’00 and Barbara Foote Shingleton ’75
  • The Sun Family: Stanley ’00 and his parents Dennis and Betty


  • Karim Abouelnaga ’13
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