As Austinites, we’re blessed to live in a city that is progressive, experiential, experimental, game-changing, conscious and, lets face it, awesomely cool. In such a city, you’d expect the population to match, and in the ATX, we don’t disappoint. This Capital City is chock-full of amazing citizens who strive to better the city on a daily basis. From writers to activists, entrepreneurs to artists, we’ve rounded up a diverse group of Austinites that help make this city great.
Ten-year-old entrepreneur Mikaila Ulmer has been busy this year. The founder and CEO of BeeSweet Lemonade, a local business that donates a portion of its profits to organizations that help preserve honeybees, was featured on ABC’s Shark Tank in March, where she received a $60,000 investment deal from FUBU CEO Daymond John, or “Mr. Daymond” as Mikaila calls him. Since then, Mikaila has met with her new international mogul mentor twice, and in recent months, the BeeSweet team has also expanded their partnership with Whole Foods, launched new flavors like prickly pear and a tea half-and-half, and joined forces with Austin Bees to build a teaching apiary. Look out for this Westlake Hills Elementary fifth grader as she buzzes her way to her next big idea.