COPIA - Founder & CEO
The reasonable woman adapts herself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to herself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable woman. Komal is an unreasonable woman.
Deeply struck by issues of poverty, homelessness, and hunger, Komal revolutionized food recovery and distribution. While a student at UC Berkeley, the inefficiency became especially prevalent as she saw Berkeley's dining hall throw away thousands of pounds of perfectly edible food. The realization of a solution in the ever present food waste problem bred a determination to make food more equitably accessible. This led to the founding of COPIA, an on-demand platform that enables businesses (of all types and sizes) and event organizers, to easily schedule regular and on-demand pickups of their excess food and have it instantly delivered to communities in need. With technology, COPIA instantly eliminates hunger and reduces food waste.
Through COPIA, Komal has recovered over 820,000 pounds of food, fed over 700,000 people, and saved businesses over $4.6M. COPIA is on its way to feeding 1 million people this year, all with food that would have otherwise been wasted and was recently 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. She has also been awarded the University of California's “30 Under 30” Global Food Changemaker and Social Entrepreneur of the year. Additionally, in recognition of her work and expertise in food waste and hunger eradication, Komal was recently chosen by Toyota as “Toyota's Mother of Invention” for her efforts in solving what she believes to be the world’s dumbest problem: hunger.