Bump a lemonade stand. 11-year-old Mikaila Ulmer from Austin, Texas is dreaming way bigger – and it’s finally paid off.
Mikaila is the creative mind behind BeeSweet, a flaxseed-based lemonade sweetened by the honey of local bees. The junior entrepreneur recently landed a distribution deal with Whole Foods, which will place BeeSweet on the shelves of 55 store locations.
Ironically, it was Mikaila’s unfortunate encounter with bees that sparked the idea to launch the brand. After getting two bee stings in one week at the age of 4, Mikaila started researching bees and learned that not only are they incredibly important to our ecosystem…they’re also endangered.
“Last year, beekeepers lost 40 percent of all their hives,” Mikaila told NBC. “Bees are dying.” She quoted Albert Einstein who said: “If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left.”