Gen Z Entrepreneur Mikaila Ulmer Can Teach Millennials & Other Young People a Great Lesson

lemon-1198006_1920Entrepreneurship is on the rise. This is particularly true when it comes to millennials, who are developing and running their own businesses in great numbers. With that said, many millennials function under the assumption they’re “too young” to launch their own business –that simply isn’t true. 

Mikaila Ulmer, an 11-year-old entrepreneur, is teaching the world what it means to fearlessly move toward personal dreams. Last year, Ulmer appeared on the acclaimed television series Shark Tank, where she unveiled BeeSweet Lemonade, an incredible lemonade that’s both her great-grandmother’s recipe and sweetened with flaxseeds. Ulmer struck a deal with the FUBU CEO and television personality Daymond John for $60,000. His timely investment into her business instigated a four-state deal with Whole Foods to sell her lemonade, recently rebranded as Me & the Bees Lemonade.

While Ulmer is quite younger than the millennial generation, that subset can look to the Gen Z member as a source of inspiration. Her success teaches numerous lessons, including the understanding that entrepreneurship can happen any age, and innovation needs only determination as a dedicated partner.

The idea that an individual is too young to launch a business is totally false. That statement is a symptom of a defeatist attitude. If Ulmer’s success teaches anything, it communicates that no one is too young to make ripples within an industry. This is particularly true if you’re launching a business that seeks to solve a real problem, and you conceived a viable solution to correct said problem. Age is nothing but a number when it comes to innovation, do not resign yourself based on lack of experience. Instead, remember that your age and energy can be a source for success.

Any particular personal and/or professional experience can help to motivate you toward your dreams. Ulmer was just a playful child when she was stung by a bee, and the idea for her lemonade was born. Her zesty beverage doesn’t only promise to satisfy thirst, it also endeavors to help save the lives of bees, which are dying out. By reviewing a personal experience, we can identify past events that sparked a greater interest, much like being stung by a bee generated a greater interest in bees for Ulmer. There are countless money-making moments scattered throughout our lives, which own the potential to become great success stories. Life sometimes hands us tangible solutions, which could be profitable if we recognize its potential.

And when it comes to realizing this dream, and appearing on television in order to pitch your product/business/service/brand to a team of expert investors, you have to be ready. Ambition is not only necessary, it’s powerful when it comes to actively reaching seemingly unattainable goals. The risk may be scary but always proven to be rewarding in some way. Stay committed to yourself, your continued success, your ideas, your products, and your mission, and you’ll find exactly what you need.

Be like Ulmer, use your personality and spunk to find your way toward success, and hopefully millions.


Eddie Dovner is an entrepreneur, inventor, and CEO who is based in West Palm Beach, Florida. Learn more about Eddie Dovner by visiting his pages on LinkedIn, Twitter, and SlideShare. Also, please learn more by visiting EdwardDovner.org and EddieDovner.com.