Ten-year-old Mikaila Ulmer got the idea for her philanthropic company, , at the age of 4. Yes, before the age of 5, Mikaila conquered possibly the hardest stage of building a startup: coming up with an idea that works.
Ulmer tells CBS News that her idea came from getting two bee stings in one week. "After that I would freak out about the bees—like overreact—and then my parents wanted me to do some research so I would be less afraid. And doing that research I found out how incredibly important pollinators they are, and that they were dying," Mikaila said. "And I decided to create a product that helped save the bees."
First, we must applaud Ulmer’s parents for encouraging their for-year-old to overcome fear with knowledge. What an incredible parenting technique. Second, we’ve got to hand it to their daughter for being such a poised, intelligent, and thoughtful leader. After winning $60,000 from Shark Tank, the got her BeeSweet beverage into 32 Whole Foods stores. With help from her family, she is on track to sell almost 140,000 bottles this year.
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