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Sunday, 24 April 2016

This 11 Year Old Entrepreneur Got Her Business Idea After She Was Stung By Bees

Meet Mikaila Ulmer , the 11 year old entrepreneur from Austin, Texas in the United States and founder of "Me & The Bees" lemonade. The young entrepreneur got the idea for her lemonade business after she was stung by bees. 

Mikaila was stung by bees twice in one day when she was 4 years old while her mother, D'Andra, turned the scary experience into an insect research assignment for her daughter. In the course of her research, Mikaila learned that bees could possibly become extinct in the years to come. "And then it clicked!" she said. She decided to create a lemonade business and sweeten her lemonade with honey instead of sugar or artificial sweetener, which would be healthier, save the bees, and support beekeepers.

After securing $60,000 on the hit TV show "Shark Tank," last year, her lemonade will now be sold in 55 Whole Food stores, the world's leader in natural and organic foods. Mikaila, who started her lemonade business in 2009, said the operation takes organization, commitment and energy. "I work on the business after school, after I do my homework, and on weekends and during spring break. "

For Mikaila, her enterprise is an environmental and social mission. She donates a portion of the profits from the sale of her lemonade to local and international organizations that are trying to save the honeybees.

Today, Mikaila leads workshops on how to save the honeybees, and participates in social entrepreneurship panels. She said that when she first started her lemonade business, her friends were skeptical. "At first, they didn't believe me," she said. "Now I am helping my friends start their own businesses."

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