nurturing a new species
of entrepreneur

The Biomimicry Institute is equipping a new generation of innovators to address the most critical issues of our time by looking to nature to design solutions that give more than they take.

The annual Biomimicry Global Design Challenge, sponsored by the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, provides an opportunity for university students and professionals to practice biomimicry in action. It also provides a pathway to bring the resulting designs to the next level through the Biomimicry Launchpad, an accelerator program for early-stage biomimicry entrepreneurs that helps them further develop their design concepts and market strategy with business training, mentorship, and legal support.


The Ray of Hope Prize® competition, sponsored by the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, offers an even deeper dive for startups with biomimetic startup innovations further along in their growth path. These participants, coming from the Launchpad or through direct recruitment, are awarded extensive training and access to connections, media exposure, and funding to accelerate their path to commercial success.


By providing a pathway to entrepreneurship for early-stage biomimetic startup innovations and supporting researchers and entrepreneurs in the form of mentorship, connections, prize money, and media outreach, the Biomimicry Institute works to bring about a culture shift toward seeing biomimicry as “a reflex,” helping people create nature-inspired solutions for a healthier planet.


About the Biomimicry Institute

The Biomimicry Institute is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded in 2006 by Janine Benyus that empowers people to seek nature-inspired solutions for a healthy planet. To advance the solution process, the Institute offers, a free online tool that contains strategies found in nature and examples of ways they are used in design. It also hosts a Biomimicry Global Design Challenge and Youth Design Challenge to support project-based education, a Launchpad for entrepreneurship to bring designs to market, and connects innovators through the Global Biomimicry Network. 

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