Neil Tarallo

Neil Tarallo

  • Senior Lecturer

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Faculty Expertise

  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Innovation
  • Family Business
  • Technology Strategy
  • Management and Organizations


Cornell Peter and Stephanie Nolan School of Hotel Administration


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Neil Tarallo is a senior lecturer of entrepreneurship at the Hotel School, SC Johnson College of Business. He previously served as the director of the Cornell University Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Disabled Veterans (EBV), which offers entrepreneurship education to post 9/11 veterans and as the director of the Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship.
A seasoned active entrepreneur, academic, and consultant with a proven track record of bringing real world experiences to students, veterans, and corporate/non-profit clients internationally in the classroom, online, and through executive education seminars.

Along the way I have developed expertise in establishing culture, mindset, and structure for organizations that spurs market driven innovation & entrepreneurial activity. When I am not teaching, I work with companies and non-profits to help create new markets through business model innovation with an emphasis on value proposition design and customer discovery. I have also created extensive training programs in innovation and strategy for corporate clients as well as assisted organizations in creating culture and processes that encourage and reward innovation.

I teach and have created a broad spectrum of entrepreneurship courses for delivery in the classroom and online with significant experience developing academic innovation & entrepreneurship programs, including centers and institutes, dating back to 1994. Teaching experiences in U.A.E., Djibouti (Africa), South Africa, Germany, Italy, South Korea, and Japan have given me the opportunity to observe entrepreneurship in cultures and economies outside of the United States. These experiences have broadened my entrepreneurial repertoire in the classroom and in consulting engagements.

These experiences have also helped me to understand the importance of aggregating practice and theory in the classroom. I have found that by designing a curriculum rich in experiential learning opportunities and engaging students in a real world application of knowledge, I am able to provide a more impactful learning experience that will also translate into their professional lives. Conversely, I have developed a proven methodology for connecting theory and practice for corporate clients. This methodology provides a process for sustainable corporate innovation.

As an entrepreneur, Tarallo has owned and operated companies in the fields of real estate, photographic retail and quick printing. He has also purchased, rehabilitated, and sold numerous businesses. Tarallo currently has an active consulting practice as well a commercial real estate development and management company. He is also member of a venture capital partnership and an active angel investor

Awards and Honors

  • Boots to Business Instructor of the Year (2016) U.S. Small Business Administration
  • NYS Venture Connect Campus Connector Award (nomination) (2015) New York State Venture Connect
  • Syracuse University Meredith Teaching Award Nomination (2010) Syracuse University

Recent Courses

  • HADM 4145/HADM 6145 - Business Model Innovation and Design
  • HADM 4144/HADM 6144 - Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset
  • HADM 4130/HADM 6130 - Entrepreneurial Management
  • HADM 4140/HADM 6140 - Innovation and Corporate Renewal

Academic Degrees

  • MBA Syracuse University, 1994
  • BS Ithaca College, 1982

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