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Groundbreakers 2016

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The woman guided her wheelchair onto the sidewalk along Spring Street in Midtown and considered her options. She was only going a few blocks, but to get there smoothly, she had to consider potential barriers that able-bodied people don’t usually worry about. She consulted the new app on her smartphone, which directed her along Armstead Place rather than Fourth Street; there’s no walk signal or crosswalk across traffic-heavy Spring Street at Fourth.
Colour founder Debra Shingley

Atlanta-based app Colour brings expert haircare to women of color

“Even with the rise in popularity of on-demand beauty apps and [styling salons like] Drybar, women of color and multiracial backgrounds still have a hard time finding trusted stylists who know how to work with their hair.”
Myavana

Test Drive: Myavana analyzes your hair to find your perfect haircare product

With all the haircare products out there, how do you know which ones are best for you? Thanks to Candace Mitchell and Chanel Martin, who studied at Georgia Tech, there’s an app for that.
Delivery apps illustration

Which food delivery apps actually deliver?

The next big thing in app technology: meal delivery. Six services have launched in Atlanta since last year. We went ahead and tested each one for you.
Classpass

Fitness Deal: ClassPass

With ClassPass, a startup that expanded to Atlanta last January, you can visit any studio in its network up to three times each month for a flat $79 monthly fee.
Dash app

This app lets you dine and dash (sort of)

Tired of waiting for the check? 32 local restaurants have partnered with Dash, an app that lets diners pay the bill without having to flag down a server.
Local Roots

App alert: Local Roots creates a virtual produce market

Up to your elbows in zucchini? Atlanta-based iPhone app Local Roots has a solution for home gardeners with an overabundant harvest on their hands.
Southfork

App alert: Southfork aims to make your lunch hour easier

Southfork is a new delivery service working with local restaurants like Rumi’s, the General Muir, and Southbound to provide lunches to select office buildings in Midtown, downtown, Buckhead, and possibly elsewhere around the metro area.

Waffle House creates a pickup depot for Roadie couriers

App-based shipping startup Roadie, which will send your package with a driver already headed toward its destination, recently signed a deal to make the Norcross-based diner chain an official (read, brightly lit and public) depot for its civilian couriers to deliver goods to patrons around the clock—even during calamitous weather events.

Local Roots app delivers fresh produce, goods from Georgia farms, artisans to your door

If you’ve ever used Instacart for its convenience and bought a CSA share for its local quality, Local Roots is for you. With a clean and streamline interface, the app allows users to select farms or stores within 50 miles of Atlanta from which they can order produce, cold-pressed juices, handmade soaps, and freshly baked cookies.

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