ASU Venture Catalyst to host Military, Defense and Veterans Open House

April 5, 2013

Active military personnel, veterans and members of the aerospace/defense industry are invited to an open house and luncheon hosted by ASU Venture Catalyst at ASU SkySong on Friday, April 12, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Attendees will tour the SkySong facility and learn about the programs and initiatives offered by Venture Catalyst for the military, defense and veteran communities, including:

• AREA48, a new formation space for entrepreneurs and innovators Download Full Image

• Alexandria Network, a first-of-its-kind co-working space in Arizona public libraries to democratize entrepreneurship

• Rapid Startup School, pracademic courses designed to develop the entrepreneurial mindset for launching new ventures

Attendees also will have the opportunity to provide feedback on how Venture Catalyst can serve the military, defense and veteran communities.


ASU Venture Catalyst, part of ASU's Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development, accelerates high-potential startup companies by providing a range of services to faculty, staff and student entrepreneurs as well as to startups outside of ASU.

Benyus to receive honorary degree

April 5, 2013

Janine Benyus will receive the Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa for her groundbreaking work specializing in biomimicry at the Arizona State University undergraduate commencement ceremony on May 9.  

In her book “Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature,” Benyus names an emerging discipline that emulates nature’s designs and processes (e.g., solar cells that mimic leaves) to create a healthier, more sustainable planet. Since the book’s 1997 release, Benyus has evolved the practice of biomimicry, consulting with high-profile businesses and conducting learning seminars. Download Full Image

Benyus co-founded the world’s first bio-inspired consultancy, bringing nature’s sustainable designs to 250-plus clients, including Boeing, Colgate-Palmolive, Nike, General Electric, Herman Miller, HOK architects, IDEO, Interface, Natura, Procter and Gamble, Levi’s, Kohler and General Mills. As a result of working with Benyus’ team, the world’s largest commercial carpet manufacturer (Interface, Inc.) introduced a carpet line inspired by random pattern formation in nature. In record time, EntropyTM/I2 rose to become Interface’s top-selling product and now represents 40 percent of their carpet tile sales.

In 2006, Benyus co-founded a nonprofit institute to embed biomimicry in formal education and informal spaces such as museums and nature centers. More than 100 universities are now part of the Biomimicry Educator’s Network, introducing biology’s lessons to students who will one day design, engineer and manage our world. In 2008, the institute launched, an award-winning bio-inspiration site for inventors.

Benyus and her team combined the for-profit and nonprofit arms into a single B-Corp called Biomimicry 3.8. Working as a social enterprise, Biomimicry 3.8 is the world’s leader in biomimicry innovation consulting, training for professionals and curricula development for educators. Its mission is to inspire, educate and connect the growing community of biomimicry practitioners around the world.

Benyus has received several awards including The Heinz Award 2011, Time Magazine’s Hero for the Planet Award 2008, United Nations Environment Programme’s Champion of the Earth for Science and Technology 2009 and the Lud Browman Award for Science Writing in Society to name a few.  

Her work in biomimicry has been featured in Fortune, Forbes, Newsweek, Esquire, The Economist, Time, Nature and more. In 2010, BusinessWeek named Benyus one of the World’s Most Influential Designers. In 2012, she received the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Mind Award, given in recognition of a visionary who has had a profound impact on design theory, practice or public awareness.

An educator at heart, Benyus believes that the more people learn from nature’s mentors, the more they’ll want to protect them.