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Raj Karmani

Founder & Chief Impact Officer, Zero Percent

Chicago

Raj Karmani is the founder of Zero Percent, a Chicago-based public benefit corporation with the mission to reduce food waste. Zero Percent provides an online food rescue platform, and partners with restaurants and food operators, such as Lou Malnati's, Hannah's Bretzel, Google Chicago and Museum of Science, to make sure that any excess food is donated to local charities in an easy, reliable and safe way. Every donation is tracked using an Uber-style app and detailed data is available on a dashboard for analysis. The platform has coordinate more 1.2 million meals from 100+ businesses to 60+ nonprofits in Chicago, Champaign and Nashville. 69% of the donated food is prepared or perishable.

Raj has a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During the last year of his PhD, he co-founded Zero Percent that combines his passion for technology, volunteerism, and entrepreneurship.

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