Biomimicry Institute Award “Ray Of Hope”


Biomimicry Institute

The Biomimicry Institute empowers people to create nature-inspired solutions for a healthy planet.

About this Program

  • ** Application will close at 11:59pm MDT (-6 UTC) ***

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 non-dilutive funding—the top being a $100,000 equity-free prize.

Armed with nature’s 3.8 billion years of research and development, these startups are uniquely suited to address critical environmental and social issues at scale.

Up to 10 Finalists will be selected to compete for the $100,000 grand prize, with another $50,000 available to participating startups. In addition to the prize funding, the Finalists will participate in a 10-week virtual program with a focus on science communication skills, introduction to sustainable business practices, and powerful network connections. Pending COVID travel restrictions, Finalists will also be invited to join a deep nature expedition, designed to build long-lasting relationships with your peers and learn about the importance of biodiversity.

More information about the program, eligibility requirements, and examples of past participants, can be found at

The Ray of Hope Prize is made possible via the generous support of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation.