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)

Biomimicry and the Sea: 5 Incredible Innovations for World Oceans Day

This World Oceans Day, we are diving deeper into the myriad reasons why the preservation of our oceans and sea life is of paramount importance.

Living World Intervention

The Biomimicry Institute hosts nature retreats as part of their Ray of Hope and Launchpad programs. It’s like summer camp for bio-inspired innovators. What Launchpad Program Manager Dave Hutchins came to understand while hosting our 2023 Launchpad cohort in Montana, is that these retreats are more like an intervention.

Meet the Newest Young Innovators in Biomimicry

From tackling the issues of microplastics and urban heat islands, to addressing clean energy solutions through the use of wind turbines and underwater solar panels, the Biomimicry Institute’s 2022-23 Youth Design Challenge (YDC) winners have offered unique, nature-inspired ideas to solve local design challenges. The YDC, now in its sixth year, serves as a bridge from core concepts to advanced project-focused STEM learning for middle and high school students across the world.

The Transition

The Biomimicry Institute’s Executive Director, Beth Rattner, writes about the Institute’s transition into a new Executive Director.

The Promise of Biomimicry


Support the Next Generation
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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