Ray of Hope Prize Finalists

The Ray of Hope Prize identifies the top nature-inspired startups in the world and fosters their growth by providing 
sustainable business training, communications support, and opportunities for funding—the top being a $100,000 prize.

Youth Design Challenge

Check out the newly improved 2022-2023 curriculum and get started.
Submissions are due April 2023.

At the Biomimicry Institute, we are the bridge between biology and design, advancing the adoption of nature-inspired strategies to help solve the most pressing problems of our time.

We make it easy to learn how
to ask nature to solve the critical
problems in a sustainable way.


(for learners and teachers)


(for researchers and makers)

6 Ways Education Can Mimic Evolution

Traditional and antique educational systems require their next evolution. Learn Biomimicry asks: what can we learn from nature in how we create evolutionary education using biomimicry?

Biomimicry and Philosophy

The biomimicry movement is highly practical in orientation. And yet, underlying and motivating the practices of biomimicry, there lies a distinctive philosophy–a profound way of understanding and relating to nature that challenges many of the core assumptions of contemporary thought. In this blog post, Dr. Henry Dicks discusses the relationship between biomimicry and philosophy.

5 Nature-Inspired Ways to Do Good This Giving Tuesday

The countdown to the biggest celebration of generosity has begun. On Tuesday, November 29, communities worldwide are joining together to support a cause, issue area, culture, or identity. Giving Tuesday is a day that encourages people to do good, and this simple idea kickstarts the holiday season with a tone of selfless kindness.

A Ray of Hope: Top Biomimicry Startups Making an Impact

“From nature’s blueprints, these companies are commercializing what our world so urgently needs—products that solve problems without creating new ones… ” Learn more about this year’s Ray of Hope Prize® First Place Recipient GreenPod Labs, an India-based agricultural biotechnology startup focused on tackling food loss problems in developing countries, and Second Place Runner-Up Fusion Bionic, a company that has engineered a nature-inspired solution for surface textures to eliminate the need for harmful chemicals.

The Promise of Biomimicry


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of Nature-Inspired Innovators

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
  • Accelerate the growth of nature-inspired startups
  • Increase the number of biological strategies and resources on AskNature.org and across our entire organization

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