2 HBCU Grads Open The First Black Owned Alcohol Delivery Service!
Posted By: Lailah Berry on February 22, 2021 |
Two HBCU graduates and proud members of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. founded QuikLiq while attending Clark Atlanta University in 2011. Navarr Grevious and Mikael Pyles launched QuikLiq in 2018 and since then these college friends turned business partners have built a game-changer for the alcohol industry. QuikLiq is the first Black-owned online alcohol marketplace and seeks to make ordering alcohol easy and convenient while being committed to growing a culture of drinking responsibly. The company is a digital platform for wine, beer, and spirit delivery that operates out of Miami, Florida, and will be expanding to Georgia early this year.
As the world continues to adjust to the coronavirus pandemic, many are relying on apps and other digital services to keep their alcohol properly stocked along with other shopping needs. QuikLiq, a rising service in the delivery industry, has an aim to ease their customer’s alcohol angst one delivery at a time.
“The goal for us is to make QuikLiq a ubiquitous household name. I want us to be mentioned in the same breath as Postmates or Door Dash when one thinks of delivery services. Before you turn up, you place an order with Quikliq. Whether someone is celebrating a promotion at their job, or just Netflix and chilling at home, we want QuikLiq to become that convenient option to receive people’s favorite alcoholic beverages.” Says Pyles
With its headquarters in Miami Beach, FL, the area became a valuable market for QuikLiq and they’re now expanding their reach to the western side of the state with the service soon to be active in the Tampa and Clearwater regions, and launching an online app.
“When we came up with the idea for QuikLiq in 2011, there was nothing like it in the industry at all. We were the first to start developing this concept, but we found very early on that this thing was going to be expensive.
Not only is starting a business in most cases costly, but when you’re talking about the fusion of alcohol and tech, it definitely calls for a nice starting nest egg if you will.”
Pyles and his cohorts were plagued by the usual barrier to entry most fledgling businesses face, which is the covering of start-up costs and the like. Adding the unavoidable fact that Black men going into a predominately white space angling for venture capital firms to support their idea largely unfathomable, they defied odds and, in Grevious’s words, “Knew they wanted to be their own bosses, and stuck with their why.”
Meet The Founders:
Navarr Grevious is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of QuikLik. Navarr has a Master’s Degree in Accounting from Clark Atlanta University where he spent time studying abroad in China—receiving a 4.0 G.P.A. during his matriculation at the University of International Business and Economics (Beijing). He went on to spend several years working as an External Auditor for one the largest accounting firms in the world (Deloitte), as well as excelling as a top finance and accounting recruiter for a collection of fortune 100 companies.
Mikael Pyles is the President and Chief Strategy Officer for QuikLiq. An Honors Program student and Dean's Scholar at Clark Atlanta University, Mikael received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Supply Chain Management. Before relocating to New York City and becoming a luxury real estate broker for a boutique Manhattan firm, Mikael lived in Minneapolis, Minnesota where he managed a $400 million dollar portfolio and earned many awards as an Assistant Buyer at Target Corporation’s corporate headquarters. Currently, Mikael is passionate about giving back to his community. He’s started a financial services business called WealthBuilders, where he helps low-to-middle income families get out of debt and create fiscally responsible long-term savings plans.
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