“There’s a substantial amount of risk in starting a company.”
That’s the first thing that Kathleen Hamrick, director of the UAB Innovation Lab at Innovation Depot, tells applicants for the sought-after slots in the UAB iLab. This incubator-within-an-incubator, a joint venture between the UAB Collat School of Business and Innovation Depot, is designed to accelerate student startups. It also gives students an immersion in entrepreneurship.
The Collat School of Business was recently awarded $2,500 towards the A. G. Gaston Endowed Memorial Scholarship at the 2016 A. G. Gaston Conference. The conference, hosted by Robert Dickerson, Jr. and Gaynelle Adams Jackson, celebrates the late A. G. Gaston, a Birmingham business owner and civil rights activist.
Stephanie R. Yates, Ph.D., associate professor of finance at the Collat School of Business, has been appointed Regions Institute for Financial Education Endowed Professorship by the University of Alabama Board of Trustees. Dr. Yates, director of the Regions Institute for Financial Education at Collat, is the inaugural holder of the endowed professorship.
Dr. Neal R. Berte, President Emeritus of Birmingham-Southern College, discussed “servant leadership” on April 4, 2016 with the members of the class of 2017 cohort of the Collat School of Business Honors Program. This was the seventh consecutive year that Dr. Berte met with students in the program.
Students, faculty and staff with big ideas have a new outlet at the university’s student-run MakerSpace in Sterne Library. The tech-packed operation, spearheaded by a group of undergraduate entrepreneurs, officially opened on Tuesday, Feb. 23 in a highly trafficked location on the library’s main level. It currently offers five 3-D printers and two built-in computer 3-D scanners. Students can draw on a healthy collection of prototyping kits from Arduino and other maker manufacturers as well.
For more than two months in the fall, five University of Alabama at Birmingham students found out what it is like to manage a large-scale fundraising campaign for a major nonprofit organization.
For nearly a decade, UAB has worked with the United Way of Central Alabama to provide free help through the Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Eligible families and individuals earn less than $54,000 per year. In Birmingham, the median earned income for VITA clients is $21,000.