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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Shark Tank premiered on August 9, 2009, on ABC. The show is a franchise of the international format Dragons’ Den, which originated in Japan in 2001. Shark Tank shows aspiring entrepreneur-contestants as they make business presentations to a panel of “shark” investors, who then choose whether or not to invest.

Shark Tank has been a ratings success in its time slot and has won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Structured Reality Program three times.

On May 11, 2017, ABC renewed the series for a ninth season. The ninth season will move from Friday to Sunday. (Wikipedia).


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