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Biomimicry Design Challenges


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.

Learn biomimicry while creating solutions for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and turn those ideas into a startup through the Biomimicry Launchpad!

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


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 Future of Innovation is Here:
8 Inventions from Nature’s Laboratory

Meet a Biomimic: Felipe Hernandez Villa-Roel, CEO and Founder of Hexagro Urban Farming

10 Finalist Teams Use Lessons from Nature to Create Radical Solutions to Climate Change Problems

Nature-inspired water leak detection system wins the 2019 $100,000 Ray of Hope Prize

“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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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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