Cornell Hospitality Pitch Deck Competition Official Rules and Guidelines
The Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration sponsors the Cornell Hospitality1 Pitch Deck Competition. This competition is an experiential learning opportunity for student entrepreneurs contemplating, starting, or operating an early-stage venture who are looking to improve their pitching skills with the potential to earn seed funding for their venture.
Students register for the competition in early fall and submit their pitch decks in October for review by a team of industry judges. Four finalists will be selected to give a virtual presentation in November to a panel of industry judges. The winning team will be awarded a cash prize of $3,000, second place will be awarded a cash prize of $1,500, and the third place team will be awarded a cash prize of $500.
1 “Hospitality business” for the purpose of this competition is purposefully broadly defined and includes businesses providing support services to the hospitality industry (e.g., businesses such as Micros Systems that provide software and hardware to restaurant and lodging businesses).