While most high school students worry about prepping for finals in December, the student entrepreneurs behind these businesses were prepping to ask for thousands of dollars of additional seed capital to grow their ventures.
Though completely admirable that many food entrepreneurs are driven to "do good" by "doing well" -- the product still needs to be delicious to sell. It's extremely challenging to achieve the balance between scrumptiousness and positive social impact (organic, fair trade, etc).
One of the most important lessons for a brand new food company is to make friends with other entrepreneurs in the industry. We at Bandar Foods have been trying to make friends with a number of people, and were fortunate to meet Vincent Kitirattragarn, the founder of Dang Coconut Chips.