She may be just 11, but Mikaela Ulmer has been working on her Bee Sweet Lemonade well over half her life. On the Bee Sweet website, she tells the story of using her Granny Helen's recipe for flaxseed lemonade for a children's business competition when she was just 4 years old.
A fascination with bees led her to use local honey in her lemonade. Once she started selling her lemonade, she donated a portion of the profits to saving the bees — and her giving hasn't stopped since.
After selling her lemonade and gaining recognition regionally as a hard-working, smart, young entrepreneur from Austin, Texas, Mikaela wowed the investors on "Shark Tank," and FUBU CEO Daymond John invested $60,000 with Mikaela and the business. It's been a year since her "Shark Tank" appearance, and things have moved fast. Shortly after, Whole Foods gave Mikaela a producer loan for Bee Sweet (see photo above), and just yesterday, the natural foods store announced a 55-store distribution deal with her that is expected to earn her (and the bees) millions of dollars.
If you think you couldn't be any more impressed with this young entrepreneur, watch how well-spoken and confident she is when she talks about her passion for bees and her company.
And one video of amazing Mikaela isn't enough. If you have a little extra time, watch her give a talk to employees at Austin's Google offices where she gives advice about being an entrepreneur and why everyone needs to care about saving the bees.