Komal Ahmad

CEO, Copia

United States

As the founder and CEO of Copia, Komal is working to solve the world’s dumbest problem by eradicating hunger while reducing food waste globally. Copia is rated among the top 3 women-led startups in the U.S. and among the top 8 startups graduating from Y Combinator.

Komal has led Copia in recovering over 630,000 pounds of food and is now on her way to feed 1 million people this year with high-quality food that would have otherwise been wasted. She was recently awarded the University of California's “30 Under 30” Global Food Changemaker, 2016 Social Entrepreneur of the Year, and named by Fast Company as one of as one of the Most Creative People in Business and by Toyota as Toyota's Mother of Invention. Komal is also the recipient of the Nelson Mandela Humanitarian Award.

Solution: Copia’s technology allows participating businesses and event organizers to easily request pickups of their excess food and have it instantly matched and delivered to communities in need. It’s a simple and effective way to feed the hungry, save money through enhanced tax deductions, lower disposal, and future over-production costs, and reduce methane by keeping food out of landfills.


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