Support the Global Challenge
Sponsor and Partnership Opportunities
Overview and Impact
The Biomimicry Global Design Challenge is an annual competition that invites people around the world to address critical sustainability issues using nature as a guide.
By applying nature’s design principles, we can create solutions that help support a healthy planet. The goals of the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge is to empower people to do so, to build an artery of sustainable innovation inspired by nature, and to help bring more biomimetic solutions to market. Every two years, the Biomimicry Institute selects a key sustainability issue as the broad theme and focus for the Global Challenge and provides innovators with the tools and support they need to pursue elegant, nature-inspired solutions.
The theme of the Challenge for 2016-17 is Climate Change: Adaptation, Mitigation, and Reversal.
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Teams submit their design concepts for substantial cash prizes once each year, and from among the most viable designs we invite 5-10 finalists to continue their work in the challenge accelerator. The accelerator is a 6-9 month program that provides incubation support, mentorship, access to software tools, legal support, and introductions to our governmental, non-governmental organization, and private sector partners. At the end of the accelerator one winning team will receive the Ray C. Anderson Foundation’s $100,000 “Ray of Hope” Prize.
The Biomimicry Global Design Challenge attracts designers, scientists, engineers, product developers, and innovators from all around the world to view nature as a solution to our problems. As a Challenge supporter, you have the opportunity to reach a dedicated community of innovators, experts, and visionaries in the science, technology, and sustainability fields. There are many ways to support the challenge:
Sponsorship benefits packages are available for direct contributions from $10,000 and up. Benefit packages may also be customized and positioned to build biomimicry capacity at your company or organization.
If your company or organization is interested in a specific issue or problem within the larger theme of our Design Challenge, consider sponsoring a prize for entries addressing that issue. Depending on the design brief and the level of engagement desired, prizes may be awarded by our judges and/or your representative(s).
Is your organization interested in sharing knowledge to support teams of innovators in solving critical challenges? Are you a subject matter expert with experience in biomimicry, business, engineering, biology, design, materials science, systems thinking, entrepreneurship, or related topics? If so, we’d love to talk with you about the following opportunities:
- Provide/curate resources In order to design solutions that work, it’s important that teams have a good understanding of the food system and its challenges and opportunities. Help us give them that perspective by providing access to top-quality reading materials or multimedia resources. Let us know what you can offer.
- Present a webinar The Institute hosts a series of support webinars throughout the Global Challenge. Let us know what expertise you can share.
- Support the Accelerator Teams that advance from the design concept competition to the Accelerator phase benefit greatly from in-house incubation or partnership with relevant enterprises. Contact us if you would like to be part of our matchmaking process.