Seeking a new species of entrepreneur

The Biomimicry Launchpad is an accelerator program that helps early-stage entrepreneurs bring nature-inspired solutions to market.

We need proven, focused, regional solutions to address climate change, food systems challenges, water security, and other global sustainability challenges. Biomimicry applies lessons from nature to human design problems to unlock new insights for how to develop a more resilient future.

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 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.

This program is currently closed to applications, but sign up below to be notified when a new 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.

2018 winner


Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Bruno Rutman Pagnoncelli, Bruno Ferrari, Pedro Rutman Pagnoncelli

Inspired by winged seeds, bromeliads, and forest leaf litter, Nucleário offers a smarter, cheaper, and faster approach for large-scale forest restoration by providing innovative products proven to reduce seedling maintenance. The Nucleário Planting System eliminates the need for irrigation, herbicides, and pesticides.

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

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