Meet the 10-Year-Old CEO Whose Product Just Landed at Whole Foods

Genevieve Fish

Ten-year-old Mikaila Ulmer got the idea for her philanthropic company, BeeSweet Lemonade, 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 social entrepreneur 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.

Head over to CBS News for more on this female CEO.

Shop BeeSweet Lemonade below to taste why the recipe is such a hit.

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