Out of the Lab.
Into the Marketplace.
We equip nature-inspired scientists and researchers with the skills and tools they
need to turn their work into scalable startups.
The Launchpad Mission
The Biomimicry Launchpad is a program designed to help scientists, inventors, and innovators bring their nature-inspired ideas into reality. We seek to accelerate the growth of biomimetic technology startups in order to create scalable solutions to systemic environmental and social challenges.
In 2023, we are re-launching this program to invite some of the most promising scientists, engineers, designers, and entrepreneurs to participate in our free 10-week program. The curriculum includes training, connections, and resources for these innovators who otherwise may not have considered commercializing their work. The unique combination of business and biomimicry training, along with in-person expeditions in extraordinary natural locations, has proven to inspire, educate, and build a vibrant community amongst these multidisciplinary participants.
Who is the Launchpad Program for?
See entrepreneurship as a promising and fulfilling career path, with the tools and training to make it a reality
Turn their groundbreaking research into new products and businesses faster and with greater impact
Learn how to communicate their work to broader audiences, while connecting with industry leaders and nature in powerful new ways
Entrepreneurial Mindset Training
A focus on customer discover, sustainable business practices and tools modeled after Lean Startup methodology.
Biomimicry & Sustainability Training
Helping nature-inspired scientists and researchers identify the unique value they could provide to help solve critical social and environmental issues.
Communications & Storytelling Training
Participants learn how to communicate business and scientific value in clear and engaging ways.
Workshops in remarkable locations with a focus on community building, leadership skills, and cultivating a sustainability ethos.
Coaching & Mentoring
Including informal community networking with current and former participants, and formal mentor talks from diverse perspectives.
Ongoing Alumni Support
Introductions to over 40 next-step pipeline partners, including top-ranked accelerator programs and pre-seed investment funds.
Landscape Designer, SE Group
When Elena participated in the Launchpad program she was studying for her Masters of Landscape Architecture at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. During her time in the Launchpad Elena was exploring how to develop, prototype, and patent a novel solution for an easy to install riparian buffer.
Co-Founder & CEO, Werewool
Chui and her business partners Valentina Gomez, along with their advisor Dr. Theanne Schiros, joined the Launchpad shortly after Chui graduated with a degree in Textile Development and Marketing from the Fashion Institute of Technology. During the program, Chui and her team developed their startup pitch, received funding, and launched their biotechnology startup Werewool.
Jonno van Vulpen
Professor of Biology, Utrecht University
Jonno joined the Launchpad program when studying for his MS in Bio Inspired Innovation at Utrecht University. While in the program Jonno explored biomimetic climate adaptive water management strategies and infrastructure, and he now focuses on science communication and teaches university students about biology and bio-inspired innovations.
The Biomimicry Launchpad is a key initiative of the Biomimicry Institute and our founding partner, the Ray C. Anderson Foundation. The late Ray Anderson was Founder and Chairman of Interface, Inc. and a sustainable business pioneer. Biomimicry was an important part of Ray’s and Interface’s early success in creating more environmentally friendly and better performing products.
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Header Cover Image: Jon Brown created for Werewool
Help Support Early-Stage, Nature-Inspired Innovators
It will take all of us to recreate our world to fit in with nature. If you would like to support the startups on their journey, or bring their biomimicry innovations into your work, we’d love to hear from you.