Building a new generation of
sustainability innovators

Through biomimicry education and entrepreneurship, we’re helping people create nature-inspired solutions for a healthy planet.


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 real solutions to climate change. Win prizes and the chance to join the Biomimicry Launchpad!

Get support to bring your nature-inspired design to market and a chance to win the $100,000 Ray of Hope Prize®. 


And the winners are…

A tidal energy harvester inspired by jellyfish. A soil erosion solution that mimics a kingfisher’s eyelid. A mosquito-control device that functions like carnivorous plants. Meet the 2018 Biomimicry Global Design Challenge winning teams, who see the possibilities for a sustainable world reflected in the living systems that surround us.


Designing a bright future

A design team from Mexico transforms a biomimicry challenge win into a thriving new interdisciplinary consultancy.

Welcome to the Climate-Change-Reversing Invention Convention

Meet the innovators prototyping nature-inspired, planet-saving solutions By Katie O'Reilly  Biomimicry — from the Greek “life” and mimesis, meaning “to imitate” — is the notion that the natural world can be used as a model for human design. It’s part of what what...

Planting more forest in less time: Nature-inspired reforestation solution captures the 2018 Ray of Hope Prize

Nucleário, an all-in-one reforestation solution, designed to be used in remote areas of the Atlantic rainforest, has won the 2018 Ray of Hope Prize®.

These entrepreneurs are looking to nature to develop innovations that give more than they take.

This year at Bioneers, six international teams from the Biomimicry Launchpad will showcase their climate change solutions, all based on lessons learned from living systems.

Challenge yourself to design generously.

Can human designs give more to the planet than they take? We need a new generation of innovators, who know how to create man-made materials, products, and systems that are regenerative, circular, and generous to all species.

“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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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.

Only through nature's wisdom will we find the possibility we need to survive as a species.

David de Rothschild, Storyteller, designer

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