she was stung by a bee,now she’s the ceo of me and the bees lemonade

Many entrepreneurs get their start after college, but not Mikaila Ulmer.

The Austin, Texas, girl founded a successful company, Me and the Bees Lemonade.

She’s been featured on “Good Morning America” and NBC News, and in Forbes and Time magazines.

*She was named among the Top 25 People Shaping Retail’s Future by the National Retail Foundation,

spoke onstage with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella before 15,000 people at the WE Day Seattle conference in 2016, and

**introduced President Barack Obama at the 2016 United State of Women Summit.


The path to CEO started in a most unlikely way for the 12-year-old, after she was stung by a bee twice in a week at age 4. Her parents suggested she channel her newfound fear into a research project, so Mikaila began reading about bees and was soon fascinated by them — and concerned about their dwindling numbers.


At the same time, her great-grandmother, who passed away in late 2016, sent the family a 1940s cookbook that included her recipe for flaxseed lemonade. Mikaila’s parents had been encouraging her to make a product for the Acton Children’s Business Fair and Austin Lemonade Day, and suddenly, she had a sweet idea.

Me and the bees lemonade
Mikaila started selling her lemonade at events and her own lemonade stand at the age of 4.

“I learned that bees are dying at an alarming rate, so we need to save them,” she says. “Because of my research, I decided to start a business that could save the bees and use my great-granny Helen’s recipe as well.”

Mikaila was soon selling her flaxseed and honey-sweetened beverage at events and her own lemonade stand. With the help of parents Theo and D’Andra Ulmer, the budding social entrepreneur and bee ambassador started her company in 2009 at the age of 4, growing it into a thriving enterprise that donates a percentage of its profits to organizations working to save honeybees.

“She got a lot of support from people during the process, and that really helped her,” he says. “It brought people into the story, and I think that helped her to become a lot more comfortable with what she’s doing and why she’s doing it.”


  1. That's great, I'm glad for her, but the bees aren't actually dying. There's billions of bees in the world, they have no problem replicating at a great rate and in the end, their importance for pollinating is grossly overexaggerated. Most crops we use are self-pollinating.

  2. The next logical move would be to start a company that produces lemon juice with honey added instead of sugar. I guess the drink would take the world by storm and she will have more money to continue with her cause.

  3. Oh my goodness what an inspirational young lady! I love that she turned her fear around to now helping the bees and that she is using a family recipe. she's going to go far!

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