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Introduction

The emergence of 17-year cicadas in the summer of 2021 revived interest in a paper Janet Barber co-authored about the role of Benjamin Banneker — a free African-American in 18th-century Maryland — as one of the first naturalists to record scientific information and observations of the insects.

Now, like Banneker…

Originally published on the Biomimicry Institute

Even without elevators, Shark Tanks, or Dragon’s Dens, the power of consolidating an organization’s mission into a 1-minute speech is undeniable.

Over the course of the 10-week Ray of Hope Prize program, our mentors and advisors help the top nature-inspired startups in the world describe their technology and the problem it addresses. Honing this message is an essential step to gaining traction in a crowded and noisy marketplace.

Here’s a taste of the minute pitches from our 2020 and 2021 cohorts.

For more on the Ray of Hope Prize and our finalists, visit biomimicry.org/rayofhopeprize.

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