Bringing Ideas to life

The Biomimicry Launchpad is the world’s only accelerator program that supports early-stage entrepreneurs working to bring nature-inspired climate change solutions to market.

We need proven, focused, regional solutions to address global social and environmental issues, like those in the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Biomimicry can unlock new insights for how to develop a more resilient future for people and planet.

Why Apply?

The Launchpad provides entrepreneurs and changemakers with the resources they need to launch and grow successful biomimicry businesses, accelerates the development and commercialization of biomimicry innovations, and helps create the next generation of sustainable entrepreneurs. Each year, Launchpad teams are eligible to compete for the $100,000 Ray of Hope Prize®, sponsored by the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, a $25,000 second prize, and additional cash prizes.

Applications for 2018 are now closed, but you can sign up below to be notified when the next application round opens.

2017 Ray of Hope Prize®

At the end of each Launchpad cycle, one team is awarded the $100,000 Ray of Hope Prize, endowed by the Ray C. Anderson Foundation. This prize is awarded to the most viable Launchpad prototype that embodies the radical sustainability principles of biomimicry and Ray’s name.

Photo credit: Stefanie Atkinson Schwartz

2017 winner


Croatia, United States, Germany


Anamarija Frankić, C. Mike Lindsey, Jacob Russo

NexLoop developed the AquaWeb, a water management system for urban food producers inspired by the way living organisms capture, store, and distribute water. This system harnesses freely-available rain and fog and uses passive strategies to distribute the water so that urban farms, including greenhouses, indoor vertical farms, and container farms, can save energy and become more resilient to disturbances and disasters.

2017-2018 Teams

Launchpad Mentors

Greg Horowitt

Co-founder, T2 Venture Creation, Kauffman Fellow, co-founder of Global Connect, UC San Diego

Puja Batra, PhD

Principal, Batra Ecological Strategies

Lindsay James

Principal, Chrysalis Strategies

Brian Jessup

Brian Jessup

Director of Partnerships, Startup San Diego

Funders & Partners