Ben Simon is Co-Founder and CEO at Imperfect, America’s leading consumer brand for ugly produce. Imperfect is on a mission to find a home for the 6 billion pounds per year of produce that is currently wasted because it falls short of grocery stores’ strict standards for beauty.
Previously, Ben founded Food Recovery Network (FRN) in 2011 while he was a student at University of Maryland, College Park. Under Ben’s leadership, FRN became the largest student movement against hunger with chapters at over 150 colleges. FRN is a national leader in food recovery and accredits Food Recovery Certified, the national certification for businesses donating their surplus food to hungry people.
Ben is a Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneur and won a Do Something Award on VH1. When not selling funny-looking produce, he enjoys Settlers of Catan, pick-up volleyball and cooking with his girlfriend.
Ben is passionate about inspiring the next generation of leaders and social innovators to develop their own path toward changing the world. He is a dynamic, engaging speaker and often works in interactive activities into speeches and workshops. He is relatable to many college students having only recently graduated from University of Maryland in May 2014. For him, college was a time to test ideas and tinker in a safe space where it is okay to fail. Ben enjoys talking about lessons learned along the way as a crucial part of the entrepreneurial and leadership development processes.
Meet the College Student Who’s Turning Campus Leftovers
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