11-year-old, Mikaila Ulmer, could be on her way to being the next Oprah as her little Lemonade with flaxseeds invention has taken her from $60,000 to one million dollar worth of
Mikaila Ulmer, who got her big break on ABC’s hit series, Shank Tank, revealed that she got the idea to make her special lemonade in a chat with Vibe’s magazine’ after she was stung by a honey bee twice in the same week. The Austin, Texas sixth-grader soon began to fear bees, but later did research and learned they’re actually an asset.
“I didn’t enjoy the bee stings at all. They scared me,” Mikaila, now 11 said. “But then something strange happened. I became fascinated with bees. I learned all about what they do for me and our ecosystem. So then I thought, what if I make something that helps honeybees and uses my Great Granny Helen’s recipe?”
From there Mikaila Ulmer began selling her BeeSweet Lemonade, which comes from her great grandmother’s flaxseed recipe and is sweetened with honey from local bees. According to reports Mikaila and her family started off small, brewing her lemonade for local events, then bottled and sold it at a pizza shop and within a few years, BeeSweet Lemonade was off the ground.
Mikaila Ulmer and her father then appeared on ABC’s hit show Shark Tank and got a $60,000 investment after she gave her pitch. And after appearing on the show, Whole foods contacted her, struck a deal and now her special Lemonade is now on the shelves of 55 stores in Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana.
Mikail Ulmer’s Lemonade success shows that great things start small and we’ll be on the look out to see what she has coming NEXT.