Congratulations to Our 2019 CCI Fellows

Last week our 2019 Civic Innovation Fellows graduated! In celebration, we held two showcase nights, one on Wednesday, April 25th for our food-focused entrepreneurs, followed by a second showcase on Thursday, April 26th for our civic entrepreneurs. We brought together more than 300 people at these graduation nights for amazing food, camaraderie, and a chance to elevate and honor the work of these 16 remarkable Atlanta-based entrepreneurs.

The Civic Innovation Fellowship is a leadership and business development program for social and civic entrepreneurs in Atlanta. The 2019 class of CCI Fellows were selected following a highly competitive application process from a pool of more than 300 applicants. These 16 entrepreneurs have spent the last 6 months in our fellowship program designing stronger solutions, testing the effectiveness of their interventions, and strategizing the opportunity to grow their impact.

“These civic entrepreneurs represent the best of Atlanta,” Rohit Malhotra, Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Civic Innovation, said. “We are proud to have supported them in their journey over the past six months, testing and strengthening their ideas, and we can’t wait to see how they continue to grow and impact Atlanta.”


Our Food Fellows are supported through a partnership with the Food Well Alliance to support entrepreneurial efforts that advance the strength of our local food system. 

Join us in congratulating the 2019 class of CCI Fellows!

  • Akissi Stokes | WUNDERgrubs (f) - WUNDERgrubs seeks to address malnutrition through an affordable and sustainable line of food products made from protein-rich insects.

  • Carol Bowman | Learning In Color - Learning in Color aims to improve student morale and academic outcomes by utilizing color theory to enhance school environments.

  • Elijah Lee "Chef Zu" | King's Apron (f) - King's Apron strives to make minority communities healthier by offering culturally relevant cooking and nutrition classes.

  • Ivory Flemister | From Farm to Fork on Four (f) - From Farm to Fork on Four provides transportation services to local farmers markets for seniors in high-needs communities. 

  • Kavi Vu | Wake Up Atlanta - Wake Up Atlanta produces creative and informative content to increase voter turnout and civic engagement among Asian American populations in Atlanta. 

  • Kristina Smith | Hope for Youth Inc.  - Hope for Youth Inc. increases interest in computer science among high school girls of color by providing coding instructions, as well as leadership and global exposure opportunities. 

  • Mamie Harper | Carrie's Closet of Georgia  - Carrie's Closet of Georgia is a mobile donation collection service providing clothing, toiletries, and other needed items to children removed into foster care and foster caregivers. 

  • Mark-Anthony Mitchell | Greater Works - Greater Works seeks to reduce recidivism by providing job training and placement support for formerly incarcerated young men in Atlanta. 

  • Max Blau | The Atlanta News Project - The Atlanta News Project works to restore trust and integrity in journalism by producing community-driven stories that reflect the authentic and diverse fabric of Atlanta. 

  • Michelle Namer | The Law Farm (f) - The Law Farm provides affordable legal services for small to medium-sized farms across Georgia. 

  • Quyionah Wingfield | Cool Moms Dance Too - Cool Moms Dance Too uses movement therapy to improve the physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing of families. 

  • Rachel Willis | Elevating Equity - Elevating Equity aims to eliminate race and income as predictors of student success by providing bias training and instructional tools for educators. 

  • Starr Davis | The Starr Institute - The Starr Institute seeks to provide comprehensive services for young girls who are survivors of sexual abuse or exploitation. 

  • Sourabh Jha | Mini City - Mini City supports individuals by streamlining the administrative processes to acquire legal identification and other vital records. 

  • Tamara Coleman | Co-LaB - Co-LaB offers affordable shared living spaces in close proximity to public transit for low-income individuals. 

  • Trinita Ervin | Ladybug for Girls Foundation, Inc. (f) - Ladybug for Girls Foundation, Inc. helps adolescent girls build positive nutrition and wellness habits before reaching middle school.

Watch the graduation showcase nights


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Even if it's $10, every dollar we raise will support
our 2019 class of entrepreneurs.

A Big Thank You To Our Investors & Partners

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