Three Collat students, staff awarded Alabama Inno Under 25 recognition – News

The Inno Under 25 list recognizes Birmingham’s top founders, entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders under the age of 25.

Written by: Tehreem Khan
Media contact: Alicia Rohan

Environmental headshot of Karri Green (Program Manager I, Management, Information Systems, and Quantitative Methods), June 2022.Curry Green
Photography: Lexi Coon
Two students and an alumna from the University of Alabama at Birmingham Collat ​​School of Business have been named 2022 Alabama Inno Under 25 award winners by the Birmingham Business Journal. Winners include MBA alumna Karri Green and students Katie Lovelady and Jaival Vikal.

To select the nominees, Alabama Inno reviewed previous BBJ coverage and solicited recommendations from within the region’s startup community. Only six recipients were named to this year’s list.

“Healthy communities invest heavily in younger generations in all kinds of ways, and this is the best strategy for long-term social and economic success,” said Patrick J. Murphy, Ph.D., Goodrich chair and professor in the J. Frank Barefield Jr. Entrepreneurship Program. “UAB’s entrepreneurship program has been a magnet for entrepreneurial talent from all over, including some of the best young entrepreneurs I’ve met. To see them celebrated in such a prestigious way as the BBJ Inno Under 25 winners shows me that our community is important and strong.”

Curry Green

Green is a Collat ​​School of Business alumna from both the undergraduate and MBA programs, is a former track athlete, and currently works at UAB as the program manager of the award-winning J. Frank Barefield Entrepreneurship program. His entrepreneurial interests began with his family’s involvement in the service and real estate industries, fueled by his exposure to entrepreneurs over the years.

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“I’m an entrepreneur in my heart and soul, and I love to serve others,” Green said. “Being named in the Inno Under 25 means a lot to me. It’s an unexpected recognition, but it means that I’m representing my family and my university in making an impact in the Birmingham community.

Green credits his success to his family and to Murphy’s coaching. According to him, his career choices are not guided by job titles, but by the impact he will have on the community.

Katie Lovelady photo credit Steve WoodKatie Lovelady
Photography: Steve Wood
“UB has allowed me to make an impact, first through my experiences as a track and field athlete and now as a program manager of a top emerging named program,” Green said. “We have made a huge impact, and I am inspired to do this work with a strong ‘think global, act local’ mindset that is making a difference right here in Birmingham. Go, Blazers!”

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Katie Lovelady

Lovelady is a student majoring in industrial distribution with a concentration in medical supplies and equipment. Currently, he works as a business development specialist at a biotech startup called CerFlux, where he builds and maintains relationships with industry partners. At 16 years old, she founded a women’s clothing boutique called Forever Kate. At UAB, he is also involved in public health projects with the Sparkman Center for Global Health.

“Being an Inno Under 25 means the world to me,” Lovelady said. “This proves that, although the recipients are young, the work we do is meaningful to our companies and communities. I thank those who nominated me and the Birmingham Business Journal.”

Lovelady attributes this success to the networking and mentorship opportunities available to her in the entrepreneurship program.

“UAB has played an important role in building the startup community in Alabama and provided a one-of-a-kind experience,” said Lovelady. “They do a great job of connecting students with internships at startups, which provides a tremendous amount of experience for a student.”

Jaival Vikal

Jaival Vikal photo credit Jaival VikalJaival Vikal
Photography: Jaival Vikal
Vikal is an international student from Ahmedabad, India, studying computer science and entrepreneurship. His entrepreneurial interests began when he was a teenager, and he is the founder and CEO of two sports-based companies in India. More recently, he pitched the idea to develop a new drink named Genesis Hydration at the National CEO Conference in Chicago.

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“This is one of the first and fastest milestones I have achieved in just 14 months of being in the US,” Vikal said. “None of this would be possible without the support of UAB Entrepreneurship. Being exposed to world-class education like this, I learned more skills in getting the perfect exposure to apply it.”

Vikal attributes his success to his decision to come to the United States to pursue his education at UAB, his friends and the support he received in UAB departments that include INTO UAB, UAB Dining and University Recreation.

“The biggest support I got was from UAB entrepreneurship and Dr. Murphy, who changed my approach to entrepreneurship in just one class,” Vikal said. “It’s hard to adjust when you’re alone, thousands of miles away from your family. UAB welcomed me wholeheartedly with the support of all these people; UAB is like my second home.”


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