Help us support emerging innovators.

Are you a subject matter expert with experience in biomimicry, food industry, agriculture, business model planning, engineering, biology, design, materials science, systems thinking, entrepreneurship, or related topics? Is your non-profit, social enterprise, or company interested in sharing knowledge to support teams of innovators in solving critical challenges in our food system? Super! We'd love to talk with you. 

 To support the success of our challenge and shepherd the most viable solutions to market, we are seeking knowledge partners who can provide inspiration, mentorship, and real-world relevance to our participants.

The following opportunities are available:

  • Provide/curate resources
    In order to design solutions that work, it's important that teams have a good understanding of the food system and its challenges and opportunities. Help us give them that perspective by providing access to top-quality reading materials or multimedia resources.
  • Present a webinar
    The Institute is hosting a series of support webinars on biomimicry, the food system, and other relevant topics throughout the Global Challenge. Let us know what expertise you can share.
  • Mentor a team now
    Mentors can contribute in many ways and you can self-select the amount of time to commit and how you prefer to support participating teams. We are especially in need of experts who can answer general questions about biomimicry, support teams' design process, and answer biological and technical questions. Once you have registered on the Challenge site, you may fill out a mentor application and complete your profile. You can then reach out to teams directly, via the Team Directory, or wait for them to contact you.
  • Mentor a finalist team
    As they prepare for the prototype round of competition, finalist teams will benefit greatly from in-house incubation or partnership with relevant enterprises. Contact us if you would like to be part of our matchmaking process.
  • Participate in the judging process
    Our judging process involves two phases of selection—a preliminary round that narrows the field, and a final round that examines the top projects with greater rigor at a live event.

If any of these opportunities interest you, please contact us.