The world needs more
nature-inspired solutions.

In order to solve today’s biggest
environmental and social problems, we support
nature-inspired startups, innovators, and scientists.

 

The Problems We Address

For humanity to thrive,
systemic environmental and social issues must be addressed by swift, scalable solutions that go beyond sustainable to regenerative.

Scientists and researchers in biological sciences receive limited training in how to commercialize their research, causing many solutions to never leave the lab.

To compete in billion-dollar, extractive industries, nature-inspired startups need access to friendly capital, sustainability tools, and science communication support.

Accelerating Nature-Inspired Solutions

Biomimicry Launchpad

Our 10-week Biomimicry Launchpad program empowers scientists and researchers around the world to bring their solutions to life with the help of robust business training and communications support. Participants receive:

 

  • Entrepreneurial mindset training with a focus on customer discovery, sustainable business practices, and science communication
  • Coaching and mentoring from our large network of business and sustainability leaders, including post-program support
  • Opportunities to join nature immersions that reinforce the need for sustainability practices and foster a life-long love of nature
Featured Launchpad Participant: Werewool

2019 Launchpad Participant Werewool is on a mission to redesign textiles for a circular economy. By learning from coral to create fibers with inherent color, they are preventing the pollution associated with conventional textile dyes.
Meet Werewool here.

The Ray of Hope Prize

The Ray of Hope Prize addresses humanity’s biggest environmental and social challenges by identifying, supporting, and accelerating the world’s most promising nature-inspired startups across industries. To help these companies overcome startup pitfalls, we provide:

 

  • Training in sustainable business practices so that solving one environmental problem does not lead to another
  • Founder-friendly capital to de-risk technology and perform proof of concept projects
  • A strong mentor and investor network to provide relevant advice and to activate catalytic funding
  • Communications and content creation support to amplify startup value proposition and explain their scientific solutions
Featured Ray of Hope Prize Participant: ECOncrete

The Israel-based company ECOncrete creates marine infrastructure projects that protect coastal communities and marine ecosystems. Their products have a smaller carbon footprint, strengthen over time due to marine growth, and are cost competitive to traditional solutions.
Meet ECOncrete here.

“Without this experience, we wouldn’t have come so far so quickly, and with such a strong, ongoing support network.”

Dr. Birgitt Boschitsch,
CEO and Co-Founder of spotLESSMaterials,
2020 Ray of Hope Prize finalist

 

Spotlight on Innovation

How Butterflies Inspired a New Type of Paint!

Cypris Materials has developed a tunable structural color coating that can be applied directly to surfaces as a paint, inspired by the blue morpho butterfly.

Turning Liquid Into Thread

By creating a shear-sensitive protein gel and a uniquely biomimetic spinning mechanism, Spintex Engineering has developed a process that mimics a spider spinnerets’ ability to create a fiber from a liquid gel, at room temperature, without harsh chemicals.

How Plants are Teaching us to Preserve Food

Nanomik Biotechnology protects crops from fungi by controlling the release of plant defense molecules found throughout nature. Their targeted microencapsulation system is applied in both pre-harvest and post-harvest applications and outperforms synthetic fungicides, all while treating a broad spectrum of fungal diseases.

Training Fungi to Turn Waste into Green Building Materials

The team at Biohm has mimicked nature’s nutrient cycles to address climate change and resource depletion and waste all at the same time, helping us cut fewer trees, emit less CO2, send less to the landfill, and perhaps one day eliminate the concept of waste altogether. Learn how Biohm used biomimicry to emulate nature’s closed loop system and trained fungi, nature’s master “recyclers,” to help decompose all of the “waste”.

Using Light to Produce Chemicals

Inspired by nature’s elegant process of photosynthesis, the team at New Iridium  has developed a way to use light instead of heat to power chemical transformations. Learn about how this light-driven chemical technology, otherwise known as a photocatalysis, inspired a way for New Iridium to practice biomimicry in developing a light-absorbing chemical compound to accelerate reactions. This heat-free, metal-free technology reduces the steps in the chemical production process, uses far less energy, and also reduces the creation of waste.

Beetle Inspires a Bright White Color

The Cyphochilus beetle has evolved an extraordinary network-like system in their exoskeleton that’s one of the best light scatterers found in nature. Amazed by this phenomenon, the scientists at Impossible Materials used the practice of biomimicry to create safer and more renewable structural pigments that could be used in everything from food coloring and packaging, to automotive paint and paper, to cosmetics and toothpaste.

Supporters

Support the Next Generation
of Nature-Inspired Innovators

By donating to the Biomimicry Institute, you help us empower more nature-inspired innovators. Together, we will build a strong and sustainable global community dedicated to eliminating the need for extractive industries and revitalizing degraded ecosystems.

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