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.
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 sustainability 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.
2018 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.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Bruno Rutman Pagnoncelli, Bruno Ferrari, Pedro Rutman Pagnoncelli
Nucleário is an all-in-one reforestation solution, designed to be used in remote areas of the Atlantic rainforest. The device was created to function like leaf litter, preventing soil leaching and increasing soil moisture levels, and protecting seedlings from leafcutter ants and invasive grasses. It also mimics how bromeliads collect water from rain and dew to provide a microclimate that attracts biodiversity. This means that seedlings can thrive without needing extensive maintenance and more trees can be planted in less time.
Co-founder, T2 Venture Creation, Kauffman Fellow, co-founder of Global Connect, UC San Diego
Puja Batra, PhD
Principal, Batra Ecological Strategies
Principal, Chrysalis Strategies
Director of Partnerships, Startup San Diego