Biomimicry Institute

Biomimicry Institute (2006; Missoula, MT; 11 staff;

A non-profit that tries to apply biomimicry as solution for a sustainable future. They “envision a world in which people view nature not as a warehouse of goods but as a storehouse of knowledge and inspiration for sustainable solutions.”


  • Design Challenges – An “annual competition that invites university students and professionals to address critical sustainability issues with nature-inspired solutions and is open to students and professionals anywhere in the world.” Winning teams are invited to participate in the Biomimicry Launchpad.
  • Global Networks – Offers resources about biomimicry and helps interested people to “discover how to apply that knowledge to the design opportunities in your communities through the Biomimicry Global Network.”
  • AskNature – Provides “innovators with the world’s most comprehensive catalog of nature’s solutions to human design challenges. This curated online library features free information on over 1,800 (and growing!) natural phenomena and hundreds of bio-inspired applications.”


Leadership: Beth Rattner (Executive Director)
Budget: ~$1,3m

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