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Mikaila Ulmer    

Founder and CEO of Me & the Bees Lemonade

Mikaila Ulmer is the founder and owner of Me & the Bees Lemonade, a natural product with flaxseed and sweetened with honey. Mikaila sold her award-winning lemonade from her lemonade stand for four years before being picked up by America’s healthiest grocery store – Whole Foods Market. Me & the Bees Lemonade is now flying off the shelves of natural grocers like Whole Foods Market.

Mikaila has been featured as a panelist at several national conferences including South by Southwest (SXSW), Dreamforce, Dell World, Points of Light and Women Business Enterprise Council (WBEC). At age eight, Mikaila won “Teenpreneur of the Year” Award by Austin’s Black Chamber of Commerce and was named, “Most Likely to Succeed’ by Austin Monthly Magazine. Recently Mikaila received the Rising Star Entrepreneur Award by Austin Chamber of Commerce during the Austin A-List of the Hottest Start-up Awards. She has been featured in national publications like The Food Network Magazine, Oprah Magazine and local magazines like Edible Austin and Austin Woman Magazine. Yet, even after receiving awards and recognition, Mikaila has not been distracted from delivering on her company’s mission. Her hard word did not go unnoticed when she pitched her business to ABC’s Shark Tank and received an investment from Daymond John.

Mikaila is determined to quench the thirst of her customers and inspire healthy habits, while educating families about the importance of honeybees and how to save them. She passionately facilitates workshops about honeybees and entrepreneurship. But most importantly, Mikaila donates over 10% of the profits from the sale of her lemonade to organizations on how to save the honeybee.

It all started when four-year-old Mikaila Ulmer signed up for a children’s entrepreneur event. While thinking about a product to create, two big events happened:

She was stung by a bee, twice in one week. Mikaila’s great-granny Helen sent her a 1940's cookbook, which included great-granny’s special recipe for flaxseed lemonade. After the stings, Mikaila became afraid of bees, but her parents encouraged her to do a little research on them. Mikaila immediately became fascinated with honeybees and their importance to our ecosystem. She wanted to create a product that would combine her love for great-granny Helen’s flaxseed lemonade recipe and her compassion for the dying honeybee population.

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