Thanapon "Meepooh" Sreshthaputra, 28, is a Thammasat BBA graduate, one of the cofounders of social enterprise Plajapian, and the founder of the two-month-old URBIE - a snack and herbal drink company with a social mission. Promoting organic fair trading, Urbie transforms healthy ingredients into hip, quick food and drinks, suitable to a city lifestyle. Currently juggling between this and the University of London’s distance learning postgraduate Finance programme, Thanapon can be found balancing business and ethics at Urbie(Mon-Sat 7am-7:30pm. BTS Ari Exit 4, facebook.com/UrbieThailand) .
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START URBIE?
I used to work for a commercial company. I worked from 9am until 10pm, helping my customers sell credit cards. One day, I realised my life seemed meaningless - I knew I could do more to contribute to society. So I quit my job and switched to social enterprising. I joined ChangeFusion Institute, a non-profit organisation, and after a few years decided to start my own business. I have always been interested in Thailand's organic farming as we are an agricultural country; farmers and consumers should benefit more from this. Hence, Urbie was born.
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