Mikaila Ulmer made her appearance on Shark Tank when she was just 10 years old. She convinced the last remaining shark, Daymond John, to strike a deal. He invested $60,000 on in her home-based business—BeeSweet Lemonade.
Mikaila’s business idea was born from her fascination with bees. Once she learned about the dire bee situation, she decided to do something to help save them.
In 2015, beekeepers lost 40% all their hives. Although small, bees pay a huge part in the world ecosystem. As Albert Einstein put it, “”If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would only have four years of life left.” They also boost the economy as they contribute over $15 billion dollars to the US economy per year.
Ulmer activated her great-grandmother’s lemonade recipe and began selling. The secret ingredient—locally harvested honey.
After her deal, Mikaila landed a 55-store, regional contract with Whole Foods. In March 2016, BeeSweet announced an expanded multi-million dollar distribution deal through United Natural Foods. Eventually BeeSweet Lemonade will be available nationwide.
Mikaila is definitely doing something she’s passionate about. You can visit her website meandthebees.com to learn more about her amazing story, mission and company. A portion of all profits go to organizations that help save honeybees. You can also read the full article on cnbc.com.