Founder of The Benefitted in Miami, FL
Nikolas Velikopoljski is the founder of The Benefitted, a luxury apparel and accessories company based in Miami. After noticing attendees at Hard Rock Stadium were without bags due to the stadium's strict bag guidelines, Nikolas leapt into action and created a solution. His first product, a clear vinyl fanny pack became an instant hit. Now he creates a variety of fashion items that can be seen all around Miami.
In the future, Nikolas hopes to combine his entrepreneurial side with his love for volunteering and community leadership. Involved in non-profits from a young age, Nikolas believes in giving back to the community that shaped you. Through future collaborations with charitable organizations, he envisions a company that helps others grow as it does.
Like many young entrepreneurs, Nikolas Velikopoljski is intrigued by the non-traditional hours of the entrepreneurial life, favoring the hectic schedule and ability to be outside of an office, looking for the next big thing. He has also always looked up to his father, a successful entrepreneur in his own right and a community leader in the Miami area. As Nikolas continues to grow The Benefitted, he plans to once more follow his father’s footsteps and increase his partnerships with community organizations and nonprofits.
Growing up, Nikolas Velikopoljski was always involved in some capacity with various charities and non-profit organizations. In high school, he regularly volunteered with Sisters of Sacred Heart, a homeless shelter, and was heavily involved in Leading Miami, a youth-based community leadership program. Nikolas also worked with Get Smart, an organization that provided school supplies to underfunded schools in the Bahamas.
The entrepreneurial spirit also comes naturally for Nikolas Velikopoljski—his father is an accomplished business founder and community leader in Miami. His father also instilled in him a passion for helping those less fortunate. For many years, Nikolas has taken every opportunity possible to volunteer and help people in need and is a regular volunteer at Sisters of Sacred Heart where he helps feed the homeless. In high school, he was a member of Leading Miami, a non-profit aimed at empowering students to be community leaders, and Get Smart, a charitable organization that provided school supplies to underfunded schools in the Bahamas.
- University of Miami