She started a business that went from a single lemonade stand to the shelves of 1,500 supermarkets across the country.
She walked off Shark Tank with a $60,000 investment and Daymond John as a mentor. She speaks at business conferences all across the world—this year alone she presented in Budapest and Singapore. And she’s celebrating 10 years in business. The kicker? This teen entrepreneur is only barely old enough for a learner’s permit.
Even if you’re not familiar with the name Mikaila Ulmer, chances are you remember the face of the smiling brown girl who made headlines as a 10-year-old on the reality pitch show. Now 15, she’s sitting atop a growing beverage company and proven herself as a social entrepreneur. The Austin, Texas, native founded BeeSweet Lemonade, now Me & The Bees, when she was just 4 years old after being stung—twice. A portion of her sales goes to organizations that support honey bee populations. And she’s started a nonprofit, The Healthy Hive Foundation, to save the bees through research, education, and protection.