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One of the biggest challenges that we are currently facing is not just climate change, but our ability to adapt to it in a sustainable manner. Many efforts to be more sustainable have been accomplished around the world but we are just beginning. Nonetheless, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have given us plenty of time to reflect and brainstorm new and exciting innovations that will improve the way we consume, work and live.

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The Born Global Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization that aims to bridge the gap between academics and practical applications using biomimicry and to provide innovative opportunities for university students of all disciplines. We focus primarily on regenerative systems that encompass all raw materials, byproducts, and products in a circular, zero-waste system. (Any waste that is produced is put back into the system or repurposed into something useful). All processes we are currently designing for are currently focused on the New England region (USA).



Born Global offers two major programs that facilitate productive research and discussion on sustainability innovation: internships and co-opetitions. Our internships offer students and employees of relevant industries a chance to go through intensive weeks of research on a semester-by-semester basis in various fields including engineering, biology, environmental science, marketing, and app development. Similarly, our co-opetitions offer students a chance to focus on brainstorming innovations over a year-long endeavor to solve various environmental issues using biomimicry.

We offer year-round internships to undergraduates, graduates, and alumni to explore more about the innovations that are developing by the foundation

For those who are still in school and would like a more collaborative and competitive project, we offer co-opetitions that let you explore your own innovations related to sustainability



Our Born Global team is led by Dr. Kimberly Samaha, the board of executives, and groups of interns composed of students, volunteers, and employees from a variety of backgrounds. Click on either of the sections to find out more.

Dr. Kimberly Samaha


Nora M. Brownell


Shannon Sweeney


Current Interns

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