Biomimicry Institute: Ray of Hope Prize


Biomimicry Institute: Ray of Hope Prize

The world desperately needs nature-inspired companies to replace billion-dollar, extractive industries with solutions suited for all life. With our Ray of Hope Prize accelerator program, we propel such startups past the significant barriers to entry in these industries, giving them the tools, training, and connections they need to make a difference and scale. The top 10 finalist companies will also receive science communication support, and an incredible nature retreat, in addition to the $150,000 in prize funding available.

The Ray of Hope Prize identifies the top nature-inspired startups in the world and fosters their growth by providing a 10-week program focused on sustainable business training, communications support, and opportunities for non-dilutive funding. Winning team will receive a $100,000 prize, with an additional $50,000 to be distributed amongst the remaining cohort.

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

Any startup with a nature-inspired product, service, or technology with inherent social or environmental benefits may apply. We are particularly interested in solutions that address carbon sequestration, climate change adaptation or mitigation, critical sustainability challenges, or any of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals.

Competitive applicants typically have secured more than $250,000 in funding (grants, equity, etc.) and less than $5 million in funding.  Applications for the 2023 cohort will be accepted until April 28th. 

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