For Komal Ahmad, CEO of the benefit corporation Copia, excess food wastage is “the world’s dumbest problem.” After an unsuccessful attempt to deliver 500 sandwiches to a nonprofit, she was frustrated. That’s what motived her to develop a mobile app that has helped feed more than 660,000 people by connecting companies with surplus food to those in need. Inspired by a lunch she had with a homeless man, Ahmad started by encouraging campus dining halls to donate excess food to local nonprofits. “Our goal is to reach over a million people fed,” Komal says.

Komal Ahmad

Since its inception in 2012, Toyota has cultivated the Toyota Mothers of Invention program by not only awarding more than $1 million to these women-led companies with Driving Solutions grants, but also facilitating networking opportunities, building relevant connections, and providing access to intellectual capital to help their organizations go places. These women, who are leading the charge to work on issues like homelessness, education, food, water, energy, and more, come from all over the world, and are using innovation to create lasting and sustainable impact.

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