Saturday, April 2, 2016

'Shark Tank' lemonade entrepreneur, 11-year-old Mikaila Ulmer, lands expansion deal

This is such an inspiring story about determination and support. Her parents should be applauded for supporting this very young lady with her dream. 


Addressing a panel of potential investors on ABC's "Shark Tank" last year, Mikaila pitched BeeSweet, a lemonade with her great-grandmother's secret recipe and a mission to help save a dwindling bee population. The pitch convinced Fubu CEO Daymond John to invest $60,000 — and the buzz only grew louder from there.

BeeSweet later scored a contract with Whole Foods, which initially agreed to sell the product in regional stores. The news got even better earlier this month at the South by Southwest Festival: Whilebeing honored alongside other black innovators, the sixth-grader announced an expanded distribution deal through United Natural Foods, according to NBC BLK. And it's a multimillion-dollar deal at that,TheGrio reports.

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