Anyone who caught the most recent episode of ‘Shark Tank’ knows that Mikaila Ulmer stole the spotlight with her incredible presentation of BeeSweet Lemonade. The 10-year-old, along with her father, told the investors all about the amount of sales she received right before asking for $60,000 to expand her company. As if Mikaila’s presentation wasn’t enough, the tween actually received an offer from Daymond John who told the youngster that he would finance her if his partners on the East Coast could sell the product in their stores. So who is this 10-year-old with an incredibly sweet deal?
Miss Ulmer is an ordinary 10-year-old who founded her company five years ago, after being stung by a bee. “I got stung by a bee. Twice,” says the up-and-coming entrepreneur on her company’s website. “Then my Great Granny Helen, who lives in Cameron, South Carolina, sent my family a 1940’s cookbook, which included her special recipe for Flaxseed Lemonade.”
Although she didn’t enjoy the pain that accompanied the bee sting, Mikaila found herself fascinated with the insects shortly after being attacked. “I learned all about what they do for me and our ecosystem. So then I thought, what if I make something that helps honeybees and uses my Great Granny Helen’s recipe?” Enter BeeSweet Lemonade.
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BeeSweet Lemonade is not your average drink. As Mikaila explains, “It comes from my Great Granny Helen’s flaxseed recipe and my new love for bees. So that’s why we sweeten it with local honey.”
The business has certainly grown since its debut five years ago. BeeSweet Lemonade is currently one of the premier drinks at Whole Foods stores across the nation. In fact, you may have seen the delight sitting next to other popular healthy drinks during your last visit to the grocery store.
Mikaila is certainly on her way to a lifetime filled with success, and she has her grandma and the bees to thank.