Groundbreakers 2016

Daffy’s Pet Soup Kitchen

When Tom Wargo was volunteering with needy metro residents, he noticed older clients would give much of the free food they received to their pets.
Groundbreakers

Park Center at Central Perimeter

The old model for suburban Atlanta office space: sprawling campuses with mid-rise buildings, decorative mini parks (fountains and duck ponds, few sidewalks), and lots and lots of parking spots.
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Fox Theatre Institute

Forty years after activists rallied to save the Fox Theatre from demolition, the Fox Theatre Institute is sharing the love with money and restoration support for other historic venues across Georgia.

Parent Councils United

An undercurrent of distrust has long pervaded DeKalb County schools. Thanks to perceptions that the “other part” of the county was getting more resources, parents in north and south DeKalb were deeply suspicious of each other. It took a crisis to bring them together.

Wellness a la Carte

Cooleaf is a concierge employee wellness service that lets users pick and choose classes (kettlebell! circus arts!) and activities (healthy cooking classes, for instance).
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EarthCraft Sustainable Preservation

Launched by the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation and Southface, EarthCraft Sustainable Preservation gives historic buildings an upgrade in energy efficiency, enhancing both character and sustainability.

Universal Flu Vaccine

The flu shot is kind of a crapshoot. Scientists create vaccines based on the flu strains they know exist, but there’s always a chance something newer will mutate. Georgia State University researcher Sang-Moo Kang is testing a universal flu vaccine so new shots won’t have to be developed all the time. The goal: protect against unexpected strains.

Adam Marcus

In his day job, Adam Marcus directs a research laboratory focused on cancer biology at Emory’s Winship Cancer Institute.
Groundbreakers 2018

BitPay

As cryptocurrencies continue to gain traction, local startup Bitpay has stepped in to encourage mainstream acceptance. They provide payment processing of Bitcoin for online retailers.

Healing the Brain

Because of research by Emory University neuroscientist Donald Stein the hormone progesterone is now in national and international trials and, if all goes well, could become a go-to treatment for traumatic brain injuries—as well as possibly strokes and brain tumors.

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