About

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.

The Biomimicry Global Design Challenge is hosted by the Biomimicry Institute, in partnership with the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, and is open to students and professionals around the world.

We believe that, by applying nature’s design principles, we can create solutions that help support a healthy planet. The Institute’s goal is to build an artery of sustainable innovation inspired by nature and to help bring more biomimetic solutions to market.

We do this by running a Global Challenge that provides innovators who care about the planet with the tools and support they need to design creative and elegant solutions to seemingly intractable problems. We shepherd the most viable solutions to market or implementation by providing incubation support and introducing top teams to governmental, non-governmental organization, and private sector partners.

Every two years, the Biomimicry Institute selects a key sustainability issue as a broad theme and focus for the Global Challenge. Each year, we offer a design concept round followed by a prototype round. Thus, any given theme will feature two design concept rounds, over the course of two years, each followed by a prototype round.

The Global Challenge features two entry categories: an open category and a student-only category. All participants get access to our Design Challenge Toolbox and supporting resources, including sessions with mentors and biomimicry professionals. Those who submit to our design concept rounds are eligible to win substantial cash prizes, as well as additional business incubation support and the opportunity to compete in the prototype round. The winner of the annual prototype round will receive the Ray C. Anderson Foundation’s $100,000 “Ray of Hope” Prize.