“The Promise
of Biomimicry”

A new 20-minute film
on nature-inspired design

The Biomimicry Institute provides tools to develop sustainable solutions for a balanced ecosystem by empowering people to learn and apply nature-inspired strategies in design. We offer access to free online resources, design challenges where people learn by practicing, support for bringing solutions to market, and serve as a connective tissue for a global network of innovators.

Explore nature’s solutions and the ideas they’ve inspired with this powerful, free online tool.

Teach STEM in a whole new way with a biomimicry challenge tailored for 6-12th grade learners.

Create solutions inspired by nature that address the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Get the knowledge, skills, and connections needed to turn a biomimicry project into a successful startup.

Win the $100,000 Ray of Hope Prize for your nature-inspired innovation to help scale proven solutions to the world’s biggest challenges.

Connect with the thousands of nature-inspired innovators across the world working to practice, teach, and spread biomimicry in their region.


WatchTower Robotics Wins!

This year’s $100,000 Ray of Hope Prize® winner set out to address the problem of assessing water utility pipes for leaks, looking to nature to inform their solution.


Announcing the 2019 Winners!

From a beehive and Grama grass-inspired porous surface that drains, captures, and partially filters excess water in flood-prone areas, to a Javan cucumber seed-inspired tidal kite that generates electricity, learn how the winners of the 2019 Youth Design Challenge looked to nature to create solutions to climate change.

The Latest from Asking Nature

Youth Design Challenge Winner Takes the Stage at Bioneers

Calling All Youth Educators:
Share Your Biomimicry Story

“The Promise of Biomimicry”: Join us on January 23 for the Live Watch Party

The Wrinkles We Want


“When we look at what is truly sustainable, the only real model that has worked over long periods of time is the natural world.”

Janine Benyus  / Co-founder, The Biomimicry Institute

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Film by Tree Media


Support a new era of design

Imagine a world where everything we make is inspired by, and connected to, the natural world. With your support, this vision is becoming a reality. Learn how to join us in developing the next generation of innovators whose designs will help both people and planet thrive.

The next big idea in sustainability is probably a million years old. Join the Biomimicry Institute to discover nature’s wisdom.

Biomimicry is nature’s grand score, where all the players perform in harmony for life to flourish.

Louie Schwartzberg, Cinematographer

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