HPU Student Entrepreneurs Earn Money in NYC

High Point University students took on the Big Apple in New York last week for the Global Entrepreneurship Initiative competition. Pictured, left to right, Zach Viscomi, President of Celebrity Branding Agency; Addi Antico, co-founder of MJ Bottle; Jordan Rubin, co-founder of MJ Bottle; Ivana Korankyi, founder of Flasky Labware; and Nick Nanton, CEO of Celebrity Branding Agency. Each HPU student won a $1,500 scholarship to further their business after presenting at the New York event.


HIGH POINT, North Carolina, June 22, 2022 – High Point University students took on the Big Apple in New York last week for the Global Entrepreneurship Initiative. Three students who started businesses presented their products and received a scholarship on June 15.

HPU students toured the Big Apple after the competition, visiting sites including the Statue of Liberty, Times Square and the National September 11 Memorial Museum. Pictured, left to right, are Rubin, Antico and Korankyi.

Ivana Korankyi, a Ph.D. student in the class of 2024 from Jamestown, North Carolina, is the founder of Flasky Labware, a specialized tool that collects drugs that researchers and pharmaceutical companies typically can’t reach at the bottom of vials. . She won first place in this year’s annual business plan competition for her product.

“Participating in the Global Entrepreneurship Initiative introduced me to so many new people and new ideas,” Korankyi said. “I felt so prepared to be in new environments and have conversations with different people because HPU prepared me for that. I came out of that experience thinking new thoughts and ready to ask new questions. It was truly an invaluable experiential learning opportunity.

Jordan Rubin, of Wayland, Massachusetts, and Addison Antico, of Sherborn, Massachusetts, are both graduates in strategic communications from the class of 2022 and founders of MJ Bottle. This product is an official patent pending all-in-one bottle.

“This opportunity that High Point University has given my partner and I to share our business with experienced global entrepreneurs is one that we will cherish forever,” said Rubin. “The growth our business has experienced in less than a year is entirely due to HPU. We felt confident during our preparation for the Global Entrepreneurship Initiative, which included conducting primary research, setting up business materials and creating our website. It was truly an honor to represent such a special school and to share its impact with so many people. I hope to continue to represent High Point University in any way I can!

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Rubin, left, and Antico, center, spoke with the Times Square Today host on June 14 ahead of the Global Entrepreneurship Initiative event. HPU contractors shared more about their products during a live interview.

The two companies won a $1,500 grant to grow their business after presenting at the New York event.

HPU students toured the Big Apple after the event, visiting sites including the Statue of Liberty, Times Square and the National September 11 Memorial Museum. HPU Class of 2018 graduate Marco Sebastian met with entrepreneurs at New York-based Bloomberg, where he is the hedge fund account manager.

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