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The purpose of the Biomimicry Institute is to naturalize biomimicry in the culture by promoting the transfer of ideas, designs, and strategies from biology to sustainable human systems design.
Nature adapts, doesn’t it? And just like all of you, that’s what we at the Biomimicry Institute found ourselves doing in 2021. What we’re seeing is the early manifestation of the “arc” in our work: AskNature is being used by more students and educators; those students are growing up to become the university lab innovators that will one day join our Biomimicry Launchpad; and those students will shape the radically-new sustainability companies that get to be honored with the Ray of Hope Prize recognition. And some of their innovations—or they themselves—will help transform entire sectors of industry, like the work we are doing with fashion around Design for Decomposition.
How different would our world be if every student graduated high school “bio-lingual”? If budding entrepreneurs knew how to ask nature for design guidance and had wide-ranging support to bring their innovations to market? If industry changed because employees had a shared vision of a circular economy that functions like a healthy forest?
This is the future that we’re working towards.
Now is the time when vision must combine with venture, and when aspiration must be paired with action. In these pages, you’ll learn how we are empowering big thinkers from business, government, and academia to not only listen to and learn from nature, but to build, prototype, and deliver tangible biomimetic creations to market.
There’s no time to waste. Let’s build a beautiful world together.
It starts with one. One brilliant idea. One voice that sparks the imagination and feeds the soul. But to transform into a movement, and idea needs pollination. Together, we are building a movement.
Institute Audited Financials
FY 2020 Form 990 (PDF – 0.5 MB)
FY 2019 Form 990 (PDF – 0.5 MB)
FY 2018 Form 990 (PDF – 0.5 MB)
FY 2017 Form 990 (PDF – 0.4 MB)
FY 2016 Form 990 (PDF – 0.5 MB)
FY 2015 Form 990 (PDF – 0.4 MB)
FY 2014 Form 990 (PDF – 0.5 MB)
FY 2013 Form 990 (PDF – 0.7 MB)
FY 2012 Form 990 (PDF – 1.1 MB)
FY 2011 Form 990 (PDF – 0.5 MB)
FY 2010 Form 990 (PDF – 0.4 MB)
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Imagine a world where everything we make is inspired by the natural world. By supporting the Biomimicry Institute you:
- Help bring biomimicry education to more students and educators
- Accelerate the growth of more nature-inspired startups and entrepreneurs
- Increase the number of biological strategies and resources on AskNature.org and across our entire organization.