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May 31, 2016         
From the Director 
In celebration of the tenth year of the Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship, I am reflecting on the development of the institute and ten things that I am most thankful for as we define our goals for the next decade of entrepreneurial impact... Read more »
Planting Entrepreneurial Seeds at Cornell University
by Becky McCarville
Increasingly, students in a hospitality entrepreneurship program at Cornell University receive Gallup’s Entrepreneur Profile 10 (EP10) assessment. The program’s goal? To cultivate a mindset of entrepreneurship and to spark conversations... Read more »
Business Model Canvas
Alexander Osterwalder's Business Model Canvas (BMC) is fast becoming a staple in all courses relative to new venture creation. BMC is a strategic management and entrepreneurial tool that allows you to describe, design, challenge, invent, and pivot your business model. It is also a tool that can help grow your business... Read more »
Entrepreneurship Channel on eCornell
In January, eCornell launched a new web series channel that focuses on entrepreneurship. Each month, live webinars with Cornell faculty are hosted, with topics ranging from what makes a great startup business idea to real estate challenges for startups. Sign up for one year free by using promo code ESPON.
Pillsbury: Success for Entrepreneurs Stems from Courage, Balance
If anyone knows what it takes to be an entrepreneur, it’s Leland “Lee” Pillsbury ’69. The 2016 Cornell Entrepreneur of the Year shared lessons learned during his illustrious career with the next generation of Cornell entrepreneurs April 15... Read more »
Cornell Hospitality Business Plan Competition Ends with First-ever Tie
Advisory Board Welcomes New Members
The institute has seen tremendous growth this academic year and that has been recognized by many leaders in the hospitality industry. As a result, we have seen growth in our advisory board membership. We would like to welcome the following people and companies to our advisory board... Read more »
Entrepreneurs in Residence Program Continues to Grow
The Entrepreneurs in Residence program at the Pillsbury Institute continues to be in high demand by students at SHA and across campus. This academic year we had ten entrepreneurs volunteering time out of their busy schedules to come to campus to meet with students throughout the academic year... Read more »
EBV 5th Anniversary
This fall will mark the 5th year the institute has hosted the annual Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans program. Since initiating the program at SHA, EBV Director and Senior Lecturer, Neil Tarallo has graduated over 70 veterans and has seen many of them open and sustain successful business ventures. We are currently accepting applications for the fall program.
Expand your network in le Vieux Carre. Laissez les bons temps rouler
Come and celebrate innovation, education, generation, and transformation with the Pillsbury Institute in the French Quarter during the HiTec conference. We will be hosting a networking reception on Tuesday, June 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Royal Sonesta New Orleans. Space is limited so be sure to register today, and let the good times roll.
Networking Socials
This year the institute offered students multiple opportunities to engage with industry leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs through our networking socials. Our socials provide students with opportunities to learn more about the entrepreneurial journeys of industry leaders, how to perfect their elevator pitch, and the value of being able to network in a casual setting. This year, we had over 60 entrepreneurs participate, and we reached over 100 students from across campus. Thank you to all who participated this year and for helping make our programming successful. Please fill out our engagement survey if you are interested in participating.
Sustainable and Social Enterprise Entrepreneurship Roundtable
Entrepreneurs have a keen instinct for recognizing and addressing “underserved” markets. This holds true for both for profit and not-for-profit enterprises. The Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship recently hosted the 2016 Cornell Sustainable and Social Entrepreneurship Enterprise Roundtable... Read more »
Student Perspective
Hi, I’m Johnny VanCora, and I have been working with the Pillsbury Institute since fall 2015. I knew that I was going to be an entrepreneur, and I have been involved with the Pillsbury Institute since coming to Cornell in fall 2014. As I became more and more involved in the institute, I took an independent study position with Professor Mona Olsen, who has been an amazing mentor for me during my entire time at Cornell... Read more »
Cayuga Crunch at NYC Food Conference
In March, the Cayuga Crunch team was invited to attend the Mixing Bowl NYC food conference. Team members Alex Strauch SHA ’18 and Javier Perez AEM ’18, brought hundreds of bags of their handcrafted granola snack for conference participants to sample. Their granola helped start many great conversations with food and ag industry leaders, including Ralph Jerome (head of innovation at Mars Inc) and Tom Tomich... Read more »
Upcoming Events
June 21
Expand your network in le Vieux Carre with the Pillsbury Institute... more »
New Orleans
October 1-9
Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV)... more »
 Statler Hall
November 15
Pillsbury Entrepreneurship is Global Roundtable... more »
Statler Hall
November 14
Meet & Repeat: A Pillsbury Institute Speed Networking Event... more »
Statler Hall
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