Bringing ideas to Market

About the Ray of Hope Prize®

The Ray of Hope Prize competition provides select biomimicry startups the opportunity to participate in high-level pitch and biomimicry training, showcase their work to industry leaders, and compete for a $100,000 equity-free prize.

Participants will receive:

  • Access to a community of biomimicry designers & entrepreneurs
  • Direct contact with industry leaders
  • Access to potential investors
  • Biomimicry training to refine product and enhance storytelling

Application Process

The Ray of Hope Prize application process is now closed, but we encourage you to join our newsletter list to stay up to date on the innovations emerging from this year’s competition and how to apply for next year’s cycle.

Who Should Apply?

Any startup with a nature-inspired product, service, or technology with inherent social or environmental benefits may apply. We are particularly interested in solutions that address carbon sequestration, climate change adaptation or mitigation, critical sustainability challenges, or any of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals.

To be most competitive for the prize, we recommend that you have already developed your solution past the idea stage and are able to demonstrate some sort of user adoption. If you have more than $1 million in annual revenue, or have raised more than $1 million, get in touch with us. We may have other opportunities to help support your startup.


Recruitment & Selection – September 2019 – February 2020

Application Deadline – December 31, 2019

Shortlisted Teams Interviewed – February – March 2020

Finalist Teams Selected – March 2020

Biomimicry, Startup, and Pitch Training (Virtual) – April 13 – May 29, 2020

Pitch Event (Virtual) – June 2020

Ray of Hope Prize Announcement – June 2020

Read the official rules here.


Please reach out to rayofhopeprize(at) with any questions.

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