Mikaila Ulmer: Founder of Me & The Bees Lemonade
Mikaila started her lemonade at youth entrepreneurial events and at her lemonade stand out in front of her home, donating a percentage of the profits to local and international organizations fighting hard to save the honeybees. That is why she touts: “Buy a Bottle…Save a Bee.”
Now at age 15, her little idea from more than 10 years ago continues to grow and grow…by more than 500 percent since the company’s humble Austin, Texas-based beginnings. Today, the award-winning, ready-to-drink Me & the Bees Lemonades in five refreshing flavors is buzzing off the shelves of Whole Foods Market, The Fresh Market, World Market, H-E-B stores across Texas and Kroger stores in Houston. It is also available at a growing number of restaurants, food trailers and natural food delivery companies.
When not traveling for speaking events to share her stories of being a social entrepreneur, leading workshops on how to save the bees, or participating in social entrepreneurship panels, you can find Mikaila coming up with ideas to help the Healthy Hive Foundation, a nonprofit to further help the mission of saving the pollinators.
And of course, she’s working hard as a high school student, loving Spanish, science and rock climbing classes. Find Mikaila on Facebook and Instagram pages where followers can ‘like’ interesting facts about bees, honey and Me & the Bees Lemonade.
Mikaila considers herself more of a natural dreamer!
Starting Me & The Bees
When Mikaila was younger she had a wish to get a brand new toy that she really wanted. Her parents said she could do more chores to earn money to buy it or earn the money another way. When the Acton business fair was introduced, Mikaila knew this was her chance. She was going to start a business!
During this time, Mikaila was stung by bees. She took the opportunity to learn more about bees and realized they were in danger. Mikaila wanted to do something to save the bees.
Mikaila began a lemonade stand with the goal to save the bees. She uses honey in her lemonade as a sweetener!
Mikaila wrote her book Bee Fearless to help encourage other kids like her to pursue their dreams. She loves to see others working to bring awareness to causes they find important!
She likes to compare her support group as a hive. As she builds her group of people she trusts, they become part of the hive. Mikaila calls the collaboration between this group the hive mindset. She encourages everyone to find their hive!
Middle School Advice
Do what makes you happy now! Even if something doesn’t seem to be in trend, trends will come around! You will be one of the first who were cool before it was cool.
Find a role model who you would like to resemble. Over time you can grow to be more like them and expand your creativity!
- Find a support system to surround yourself with.
- Be fearless!
- Take the opportunities that are presented to you.