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    Sponsors & Partners

    Data Partners



    Founding Sponsor

    Major Sponsors



    The Whoopee Fund
    The Joshua Max Simon Foundation


    The Kassel-Backer Family Foundation


    Autodesk SEEK
    IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature)
    Morrison & Foerster LLP
    Rocky Mountain Institute
    UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme)
    WiserEarth & The Natural Capital Institute
    ZERI (Zero Emissions Research & Initiatives)


    The Biomimicry Institute would like to acknowledge and offer special thanks to Rocky Mountain Institute with whom we collaborated on the first beta version of the Biomimicry Design Portal. We would also like to thank John Abele and the Argosy Foundation for their early-stage financial support of this work. We offer heartfelt thanks to the Biomimicry Guild for providing our "starter culture" of data for AskNature. 

    The Biomimicry Institute would also like to acknowledge and offer gratitude to the following individuals and organizations that contributed to the vision of AskNature.

    Dayna Baumeister—Biomimicry Guild
    Lynelle Preston Cameron—Autodesk
    Jeremy Faludi—Faludi Designs
    David Fox—Board Member, The Biomimicry Institute
    Vinay Gupta
    Carl Hastrich—Ontario College of Arts and Design
    Bruce Hinds—Ontario College of Arts and Design
    Norbert Hoeller
    Greg Junell
    Alexis Karolides—Rocky Mountain Institute
    Amory Lovins—Rocky Mountain Institute
    Gunter Pauli
    Yasuhiro Sakakibara
    John Webb—Google, Inc.

    And many others too numerous to list—interns, those who entered data, and others who contributed in so many valuable ways. We thank you all.

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    Companies, foundations, and individuals with a passion for innovation, design, and biodiversity are invited to become sponsors of AskNature. If you are interested in being a sponsor, please contact Bryony Schwan, Executive Director, at bryony[at] You can also donate directly via the Biomimicry Institute.