2024 Family Businesses in Italy Trek

by Smith Family Business Initiative


Sat, Mar 30, 2024 6:00 PM –

Fri, Apr 5, 2024 8:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

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During spring break 2024 (March 30– April 5) the Smith Family Business will be leading a student trek to Italy to explore many significant family businesses, Italian history, and culture.

You can register at this link for the 2024 Family Businesses in Italy Trek March 30-April 6:  https://cvent.me/Vww95B. The deadline to register is Friday, January 26 by 5pm.. Review the info session recording here: 2024 Family Businesses of Italy Trek Information Session - Video on Demand (cornell.edu) Any questions, please reach out to Susan Hu yh789@cornell.edu.

Why Italy?
In Italy, there are estimated to be around 784,000 family businesses – more than 85% of the total number of businesses – constituting around 70% of employment. Italian family businesses are also set apart by their longevity: of the world's 100 oldest businesses, 15 are Italian and, of these, 5 – Fonderie Pontificie Marinelli (founded in 1000), Barone Ricasoli (1141), Barovier & Toso (1295), Torrini (1369) and Marchesi Antinori (1385) – are among the top ten oldest family businesses still active today.
Source: http://www.aidaf.it/en/aidaf-3/1650-2/.

• Saturday, March 30-Saturday, April 6, 2024

• Participants will be responsible for their departing and returning transportation 
• In country, the trek will coordinate all transportation

• Saturday, March 30 – Saturday, April 6 is currently included

• Most meals are included, with exceptions for built-in free time

Approximate cost
• $3000 – $3500 US, excluding your own arrival and departure travel – many details still being finalized

This year, the Smith Family Business Initiative is excited to present the Kevin Juin and Matthew Unger Fellowship for Experiential Learning, which provides financial support of up to $5,000 for a select number of students to participate in the Family Businesses of Italy Trek. Generously established by two of our recent alumni Kevin Juin, ‘MBA 23, and Matthew Unger, ‘MBA ’23, this fellowship is open to all graduate students at Cornell University, and its objective is to eliminate potential participation barriers for persons of color and other underrepresented groups, ensuring equal access among all students to this transformative experiential learning opportunity. This fellowship is designed to advance the SC Johnson College of Business’ commitment to diversity, inclusion, equity, and especially, access. It is intended for those who may not otherwise have an opportunity to participate in the Family Businesses of Italy Trek due to financial constraints. Please contact Susan Hu at yh789@cornell.edu to learn more.

• This is a 1.5 credit course (NBA-5920-FLD-802)


If you missed the Info Session held on December 7th, here is a link to the recording.

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