Mikaila Ulmer started Me & The Bees Lemonade, a startup company featured on Shark Tank and Good Morning America, with the help of her family. Now, the 12-year-old CEO has caught the eye of some serious investors who want to see her dream grow even further.
Current and former players from the NFL including Glover Quin, Duane Brown, Jonathan Grimes, Omar Bolden, Bobby Wagner, Darius Slay, Sharrick McManis, EJ Manuel, Arian Foster, and Malik Jackson have invested over $800,000 in Ulmer’s burgeoning lemonade business.
Arian Foster, a former pro-bowler for the Houston Texans, has become an experienced investor in his retirement and says he believes they've found a winner - but he has his eye on the bigger picture. Foster told the Houston Chronicle, "Of course, anytime you invest in anything you look at if it's going to be profitable. We look for companies that match our main focus of developing a good product, but are also good people and do it for the right reasons. It's more than about money to us. We believe that investing in small black businesses is extremely important."
We love an American success story. Ulmer's family recipe for lemonade sweetened with honey is a hit with anyone who tries it, and the story behind the company story, means that we've just begun to see great things from this amazing young lady!