Addressing a panel of potential investors on ABC’s “Shark Tank” last year, 10yo Texan girl Mikaila Ulmer pitched BeeSweet, a lemonade with her great-grandmother’s secret recipe and a mission to help save a dwindling bee population.
The pitch convinced Fubu CEO Daymond John to invest $60,000—and the buzz only grew louder from there.
BeeSweet later scored a Multi-Million contract with Whole Foods.
When they saw the promise in her lemonade, the supermarket agreed to sell the products in its regional stores. If Mikaila’s lemonade does well, it’ll eventually be sold nationwide.
When Mikaila was just four, her family encouraged her to make a product for a Children’s business competition (the Acton Children’s Business Fair) and Austin Lemonade Day. Using a flaxseed lemonade recipe given to her by her Great Granny Helen, she created BeeSweet Lemonade.
In the process, she also became fascinated with bees; learning all about what they do for the ecosystem. As a result, a portion of the profits will go to organizations working to save honey bees.
Her products are also sweetened with local honey. Now at age 10, when not at her lemonade stand telling all the digestive benefits of flaxseed, you can find Mikaila leading workshops on how to save the honeybees, and participating in social entrepreneurship panels.
Not bad for an 10 year old – and for a good cause too!
Featured pic courtesy of: Rodolfo Gonzalez—Austin American-Statesman/AP