Inspiration is everywhere with nature at your side.
Our biomimicry design challenges are competitions that bring tangible solutions to some of the world’s most pressing sustainability problems and teach biomimicry in the process.
Global Challenge Accelerator
Each year the most promising teams in the open category of the Global Design Challenge are invited to participate in the Accelerator program.
Designed to help biomimetic solutions advance beyond the concept stage, the BGDC Accelerator is an intensive 6-9 month program during which the teams continue to develop their design concepts and market strategy utilizing business training, mentorship, and legal support provided by the Institute and its partners. At the end of the Accelerator one team will be awarded the $100,000 “Ray of Hope” prize, endowed by the Ray C. Anderson Foundation.
Have a thorny challenge that could use a fresh perspective? Let us help!
Is your organization or corporation looking for fresh perspectives on problem solving? Are you a university educator who would like your students to work on real-world challenges and develop valuable new skills? There are many ways to partner with the Institute on customized challenges that identify tangible solutions, provide hands-on training, and reveal a new perspective on how biology will inform the next generation of products and services.
Featured Partner: Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry
In 2013 the Institute began a partnership with UC Berkeley’s Center for Green Chemistry to create and teach an interdisciplinary green chemistry graduate course called Greener Solutions. The goal of this course is to introduce students to biomimicry methodology by providing a hands-on design challenge with which to test their knowledge and creativity. These challenges aren’t hypothetical; they’re real sustainability challenges faced by companies including Levi Strauss, Seventh Generation, and the Beauty Counter.
Our design challenges are built on years of success creating experience that inspire and equip emerging innovators to solve problems with a biomimetic lens. Read what others have said about our programs below and learn more about the evolution of our design challenges by reading our complete history.
The generosity given by this community of people to us is what our world really needs. How often do we get to be in an environment where young people from Egypt, Mexico, Belgium, Canada, Sweden and America get to learn from nature and share their ideas to benefit their communities? The experience gave us hope that small ideas can become realities and that a small group of young people can dream to help their country and change the world.Nariman Lotfi
As the supervisor of team BioArch, I would like to thank you and all your colleagues for providing us with this great opportunity. We are glad to have this wonderful experience, and will continue being a part of this community.Dr. Mehran Gharaati