Incredible! Only one month into our 5-year Biomimicry PhD within the Integrated Biosciences program at UAkron and the three of us have already had the honor of meeting our idol, Janine Benyus, author of the best-selling book Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature. The 1997 book spurred the development of biomimicry as a widely recognized term and research paradigm. In response to overwhelming interest in the subject following the book’s publication, Benyus and her business partners founded the Biomimicry Guild, a consulting company, and the Biomimicry Institute, a non-profit which promotes biomimicry education. In 2010, the two organizations were integrated into a hybrid social enterprise branded Biomimicry 3.8. The CEO of Biomimicry 3.8, Chris Allen, joined Janine Benyus on her University of Akron visit.