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The lemonade business has an adorable new entrepreneur who’s only ten-years-old! As the founder of her own BeeSweet Lemonade lineMikaila Ulmer on confidently represented her brand on the TV series Shark Tank on March 20 (where aspiring businesses go to compete for coveted investments). Ulmer impressed the judges so much that she got Daymond John, clothing brand FUBU’s CEO, to invest $60,000 and he’ll also be taking a 25 percent stake of BeeSweet.

John was moved by Ulmer’s drive and mission with BeeSweet and after the episode aired, stated that “Partnering with Mikaila made perfect sense. She’s a great kid with a head for business and branding. She’s got a great idea and I’m happy to help take BeeSweet to the next level.”

It all began when Ulmer was stung by two bees at the age of four and while thankfully she was okay, her curiosity in bees sparked! As she recalled on her official website, I didn’t enjoy the bee stings at all. They scared me. But then something strange happened. I became fascinated with bees. I learned all about what they do for me and our ecosystem.”

Based on her research, she learned that the pollinators from bees were integral to plants reproducing in  the ecosystem. And also in recent years, bees have become a bit endangered because of a “still-unsolved malady” called Colony Collapse Disorder or aka stronger than necessary pesticides. (Check out a cover story TIME did on this from 2013).

Ulmer was moved to help her new honeybee friends and that was how BeeSweet was born. When her great Granny Helen later mailed a 1940s cookbook that featured her own flaxseed lemonade recipe, Ulmer decided that she’d use Helen’s tips but with the addition of pure honey, instead of sugar, directly from local bees.

Today, a portion of BeeSweet proceeds are donated to organizations that support the lives of bees, as Ulmer is their advocate. Now that is just too cute!

Her lemonade line is available at select Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana Whole Foods and you can also buy it from the official website and pick a handful of flavors! Expect to see BeeSweet sold more nationwide following her Shark Tank co-sign in the near future. Go Mikaila go! Black girls rock!

 

10-Year-Old Mikaila Ulmer Gets $60K Investment From ‘Shark Tank’ was originally published on hellobeautiful.com

11 thoughts on “10-Year-Old Mikaila Ulmer Gets $60K Investment From ‘Shark Tank’

  1. May all the sistas currently selling their bodies at discounted rate by dancing on Stripper poles, being god diggers, appearing on Rap videos learn something from this magnificent child.

  2. Hazel on said:

    May God increase your territory and bless you to be the head and not the tail. May mankind give unto your bosom great measures pressed down shaken together and running over. Be blessed.

  3. I saw this episode last Friday. I was very excited for her and her Dad. I know Daymond John will see her through. Congratulations! She’s an inspiration! 🙂

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