Shark Tank Finalist to Study Business at Mercy College this Summer

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15 Year-old from Virginia to Take Part in Mercy College’s Summer Leadership Academy in Business

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While most kids are hitting the pool this summer, 15 year-old Carter Kostler is learning how to grow his already thriving business at Mercy College. The tenth grader from Virginia Beach, Virginia, who was a finalist on the ABC show “Shark Tank,” is the founder of Define Bottle. Define Bottle is a bottle that allows the user to infuse their water with any fruit of their choice.

This summer Kostler will take part in Mercy College’s Summer Leadership Academy in Business, a program designed to give students a head-start on their careers in accounting, finance, marketing and entrepreneurship. Students will also visit Fortune 500 companies, including Goldman Sachs, Viacom and Bloomberg.

Kostler’s product was created to fight childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes. He said: “After learning about the statistics of how sugary drinks and soda impact today’s youth, I decided to do something about it.”

Students accepted to Mercy’s Summer Leadership Academy in Business must also demonstrate excellence in leadership and public speaking. Sessions, taught by senior business leaders, include:

  •     Know Yourself—Matching Personalities to Careers
  •     Life as a CEO—Business Strategy
  •     Creating a Million Dollar Business—Entrepreneurship
  •     Master Investors—Wall Street Careers
  •     From CIA to CFO—Accounting Careers
  •     Meaning Over Profits—Non-Profit & Social Business

Kostler said: “I am counting down the minutes to take part in Mercy’s Summer Institute in Business. I know I am going to learn valuable lessons to help me grow my business. I’m most looking forward to learning more about marketing. I also think this is a great opportunity to meet other students and make relationships that can last a lifetime.”

Define Bottle has been recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the most brilliant companies of 2013. Kostler was also a national finalist in Michelle Obama’s Partnership for a Healthier America’s End Childhood Obesity Innovation Challenge. He has also been featured in Forbes, Fortune, Entrepreneur, and local and national news publications.

The Summer Leadership Academy in Business
June 15–19 | June 29–July 3 | July 12–16
To apply for this program, please contact the Mercy College School of Business
(914) 674-7482 or LeadershipAcademy(at)mercy(dot)edu.

About Mercy College
Founded in 1950, Mercy College is a private, not-for-profit higher education institution that offers more than 90 undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs within five prestigious schools: Business, Education, Health and Natural Sciences, Liberal Arts and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Mercy College offers an engaging and personalized learning experience that includes the College’s revolutionary Personalized Achievement Contract (PACT) program. The Mercy College PACT is the first program of its kind and now serves as a nationally recognized model for mentoring. 877-MERCY-GO.

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Catherine Cioffi
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