The Institute has three main foci: to teach and empower people to use biomimicry through its Global Design Challenges, to mobilise educators and regional practitioners through its Global Biomimicry Network, and to educate and inspire through its online database of nature-inspired solutions, AskNature.org. The result is a new generation of nature-inspired innovators creating a pipeline of biomimetic products and services. Biomimicry helps them bring their ideas to market through its incubator and investor partners.
The Institute is partnering with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to bring together industry, academia, and government to launch open innovation challenges that focus on creating radically sustainable alternatives to common industrial problems. As a convener, the Institute is building on over five years of global design challenge expertise to broaden the scope of what can be accomplished on an open innovation platform. By launching a cross-sector industry/academic challenge, using biomimicry as a tool to find common solutions that facilitate the move towards circular economy goals, it hopes to leverage its collective purchasing power to develop industry-shifting approaches to common sustainability problems.
The Biomimicry Institute is transforming industry with innovative solutions that help make products and processes more energy efficient, more material efficient, and less toxic, often while saving companies money and helping to make them more resilient. As a hub for the biomimicry movement, the Institute aims to work directly with industry, academia and government partners to develop nature-inspired approaches to persistent industry sustainability problems, either directly within organisations or by mobilising thousands of biomimetic innovators to crowdsource solutions. In addition, the Institute is enhancing its online resource for nature's design solutions, AskNature.org, so that innovators from around the world can ask, "how would nature solve this?" and discover the answers. By making this information free, approachable, and relevant to users’ innovation challenges, AskNature aims to fundamentally change how all of us create.