NFL News : NFLers throw money at 12-year-old's ingenious idea

NFLers throw money at 12-year-old's ingenious idea

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A group of NFL players are investing in a lemonade company started up by a 12-year-old. 

Per the Houston Chronicle, former Houston Texans and Miami Dolphins running back Arian Foster is leading a group funding Me & The Bees Lemonade, a startup company founded by little Mikaila Ulmer. Ulmer has appeared on Shark Tank and Good Morning America. The company sells healthy lemonade while helping save bee populations. 

A total of $810,00 has been invested through Foster along with Detroit Lions safety Glover Quin, Texans offensive tackle Duane Brown, former Texans running back Jonathan Grimes, other NFL players, including safety Omar Bolden, linebacker Bobby Wagner, cornerback Darius Slay, cornerback Sharrick McManis, quarterback EJ Manuel and defensive tackle Malik Jackson.

"It's awesome that I get to work with and around these two," Ulmer said while sitting next to Foster and Quin. "They're very smart. I learned a lot from them in the past couple of hours. I'm very happy that I'm able to work with them and they invested in my company and them helpnig us and mentoring us and believing in our mission. I think we have a better chance of achieving our goals. That keeps me pumped and excited every day."

"She's so humble," Foster said Thursday at "Been Brilliant Entrepreneur Day" at Holthouse Boys & Girls Club in Houston. "You always have to be open and willing to learn, and she is. I'm learning from her, too. It's a cycle. You have to keep an open mind and continue to grow."

Per the Chron, the company was launched by Ulmer and her family after she got started selling her great grandmother's flaxseed lemonade recipe at a stand in her hometown of Austin. The privately held business has grown more than 100 percent each year since 2014. The product, which includes several flavors, is sold at Whole FoodsWegman's and other local stores.

"Of course, anytime you invest in anything you look at if it's going to be profitable," Foster said. "We look for companies that match our main focus of developing a good product, but are also good people and do it for the right reasons. It's more than about money to us. We believe that investing in small black businesses is extremely important."

"She's super smart," Quin said. "She's very special. Obviously, she has a bright future. Hopefully, I can be a part of it and nourish it and watch her grow. The sky is the limit. I'm very impressed with her."

 

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Source: Houston Chronicle · Photo Credit: Keystone Press Agency