Founder and CEO, Copia
Komal Ahmad is the founder and CEO of Copia, a for-profit company working to eradicate hunger and reduce food waste by using technology to redirect surplus food from businesses and events to feed those in need. Businesses and event organizers request pickups of their excess food through Copia’s platform and Copia’s fleet of professional drivers deliver it to veterans agencies, local shelters, after school programs, and other nonprofits serving the hungry. Komal has led Copia in recovering over 820,000 pounds of food and is on her way to feeding 1 million people by the end of the year—all with food that would have otherwise been wasted.
Copia was named one of the top 3 hottest startups run by women in the U.S. and one of the top 8 startups coming out of Y Combinator. Komal was recently awarded the Nelson Mandela Humanitarian Award, the University of California’s “30 Under 30” Global Food Changemaker and Social Entrepreneur of the Year, and Toyota’s Mother of Invention.