Entrepreneur, Bee Ambassador, Philanthropist, Author and Founder & CEO of Me & the Bees Lemonade.
When Mikaila Ulmer was just four years old, she was stung by two bees in the same week. Her parents encouraged her to do some research on the bees rather than being upset with them. Upon discovering the important role that bees play in our ecosystem, Mikaila was determined to help them. Around that same time, she was inspired by her Great Granny Helen’s flaxseed honey lemonade recipe to set up a lemonade stand from her home in Austin, Texas in 2009. She quickly expanded and bottled her product, started selling to Whole Foods Market and landed a deal with Daymond John on Shark Tank when she was 9 years old. Mikaila has since furthered Me & the Bees’ many business successes, selling more than one million bottles and counting across 40 states on 1,500 shelves. Distributed by United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI) her all-natural ready-to-drink beverages are buzzing off the shelves of H-E-B, Whole Foods Market, Natural Grocers, World Market, among others. In 2016, Mikaila launched the Healthy Hive Foundation where she donates a percentage of the net profits from the sale of Me & the Bees Lemonade to help save all bees through education, research, and protection. Now 15 year old, she is celebrating “10 Years in Buzzness” and her first book, BeeFearless: Dream Like a Kid, debuts August 18, 2020.