May 19, 2017         
From the Director 
For students, faculty, administrators, and the Pillsbury Institute alike, the close of the academic year is often an odd mix of frenzied activity and quiet reflection. This year is no exception. In just the last several weeks, Pillsbury has successfully conducted two industry roundtables and two speed networking events; hosted close to a dozen Entrepreneurs in Residence; and sponsored a two-day competition... Read more »
Alumni Spotlight: Ted Talk: Karim Abouelnaga
In the US, most kids have a very long summer break, during which they forget an awful lot of what they learned during the school year. This "summer slump" affects kids from low-income neighborhoods most, setting them back almost three months. TED Fellow Karim Abouelnaga has a plan to reverse this learning loss. Learn how he's helping kids improve their chances for a brighter future... Read more »
The Pillsbury Institute celebrates ten years
In November 2016, the Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship celebrated its ten-year anniversary. The institute staff, faculty, and benefactors are honored to be making a difference in hospitality entrepreneurship education at the School of Hotel Administration... Read more »
Cornell University Entrepreneur in Residence: What I Wish I Had Known
I was excited, and more than a little nervous, when Cornell University asked me to be an Entrepreneur in Residence. What did that actually mean? It meant I held office hours twice a semester, to meet any student who had any type of question about being an entrepreneur... Read more »
Food preservation team wins hospitality business contest
Five student teams competed for the chance to win $25,000 March 18 as part of Hotel Ezra Cornell’s seventh annual Hospitality Business Plan Competition. Each team was given 10 minutes to present and 10 minutes to answer questions posed by any of the competition’s judges... Read more »
Humanoid Robot Makes North American Debut
Rodolphe Gelin, chief scientific officer of SoftBank Robotics presented a speech at the Entrepreneurship event at Cornell celebration...
Technology Entrepreneurship Roundtable
The Pillsbury Institute hosted the Technology Entrepreneurship Roundtable on April 25-26, 2017. Discussion topics included: Alternatives for the Corporate Travel Market, IoTa-Bringing the A Game to the Internet of Things, The Rise of the Sharing Asset from the VC, and The Machine and Morality... Read more »
Entrepreneurship Is Global: Highlights from the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Roundtable
A group of nearly 30 industry leaders, entrepreneurs, faculty, staff, and students from around the world met in Ithaca in November 2016 for the Entrepreneurship is Global Roundtable hosted by the Pillsbury Institute... Read more »
The Food Chain: Paths for Entrepreneurs Roundtable
The Pillsbury Institute hosted The Food Chain: Paths for Entrepreneurs Roundtable on May 10, 2017. Discussion topics included: Technology: A look at the intersection of guests and restaurants – what is important and why?; Food Retailing: Where are we now?; Supply Side: Describing today’s challenges and triumphs; and Trends, Fads, and what’s to come... Read more »
Lyft’s John Zimmer to receive Cornell Hospitality Innovator Award
John Zimmer, co-founder and president of Lyft, has been named the recipient of the 2017 Cornell Hospitality Innovator Award, an honor given annually by the Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration (SHA)... Read more »
Advisory Board welcomes new member
The Pillsbury Institute Advisory Board is made up of a robust group of alumni and industry leaders who represent all aspects of the hospitality industry. We would like to welcome the newest to the Advisory Board, Marco Benvenuti, MMH '05, Co-founder and Chief Analytics and Product Officer at Duetto... Read more »
Alumni Spotlight: AHL Insider: Harsha Chanrai
What do you do and how did you get here? I am the founder & CEO of SAIRA Hospitality. SAIRA creates pop-up hospitality schools with hotel owners for less privileged locals in thriving hotel markets, educating them with the knowledge and equipping them with the life skills needed to create a career and build a future in hospitality... Read more »
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