by Miah Hardy
July 25, 2017
Photo by Jim Bennett/Getty Images
Who doesn’t love #BlackGirlMagic?
12-year-old entrepreneur Mikaila Ulmer received a $810,000 invested for her startup company, Me & The Bees Lemonade from NFL football players Arian Foster, Glover Quin, Duane Brown, Jonathan Grimes, Omar Bolden, Bobby Wagner, Darius Slay, Sharrick McManis, Malik Jackson, and Nick Martin. Foster’s business manager, Lameck “Humble” Lukanga, also invested in the young girl’s company.
You may remember Ulmer when she appeared on Shark Tank and took home a $60,000 investment. Her brand, formerly known as BeeSweet Lemonade, has grown more than 100 percent each year since 2014! Her lemonade can be found in Whole Foods and Wegmans locations.
The Houston Chronicle reported that Foster announced the investment at the “Bee Brilliant Entrepreneur Day” event held at a local Boys & Girls Club in Houston. “It’s more than about money to us. We believe that investing in small black businesses is extremely important.”
“It’s awesome that I get to work with and around these two,” Ulmer told the Chronicle while sitting next to Foster and Quin. “I’m very happy that I’m able to work with them and they invested in my company and them helping us and mentoring us and believing in our mission.”
“She’s super smart,” shared Quin. “She’s very special. Obviously, she has a bright future.”
Congratulations for turning your dream into a reality Mikaila!
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