The Mikaila Ulmer, is the 12-year-old founder of Me and the Bees lemonade, which she pitched on ABC’s “Shark Tank” in 2015. Since then, her product has been sold in Whole Foods, Wegmans and Sprouts, among other stores. On July 6, former Houston Texans running back Arian Foster announced he and nine other NFL stars have invested $810,000 into the beverage company, which also works to save honeybees from extinction.

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