2013 TOYOTA MOTHER OF INVENTION

Komal Ahmad

COPIA

For Komal Ahmad, CEO of the for-profit 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 motivated 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.