It all started when…

our founder, Leigh-Kathryn Bonner a fourth generation beekeeper, couldn’t keep a beehive at her apartment complex while in college so asked the company she was interning for, The American Tobacco Campus, if she could place some beehives on top of their roof. Soon after, other companies like Burt’s Bees, SAS, and Capitol Broadcasting Company heard about these urban hives, how loved they were by the community and employees, and asked if they could get some too.

What started as a passion project quickly turned into a full time business, or beesness as we like to call it. Fast forward to now and Bee Downtown has over 250 hives at leading corporations across the Southeast, is an INC 30 Under 30 Rising Star, and a 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Enterprise.

It is a joy and an honor to get to live out each and every day doing what we love most. To see corporations and their employees fall back in love with agriculture while simultaneously becoming better leaders because of it, is one of the best feelings in the world. To all of our past, present, and future partners, thank you for believing in the Bee Team and for loving the bees.


how does a bDT partnership work?

In short, there’s two different ways you can partner with Bee Downtown

Bee Downtown Corporate Hive Program

Through the Bee Downtown Corporate Hive Program your company has the opportunity to join the exclusive Bee Downtown hive community alongside companies like Delta, AT&T, Invesco, IBM, Burt’s Bees, Georgia Power, and more. Bee Downtown hives are only placed in select cities (don’t worry we’ve got more cities on the way) with a limited number of partners. As part of the this exclusive list you’ll have access to private events, contacts, and more.

The BDT Institute

The BDT Institute is the newest pillar of Bee Downtown. Created in partnership with a retired Colonel from the United States Army and Professor Emeritus of Duke University, the BDT Institute focuses on kinetic biomimicry to lead the way in leadership development. Through The BDT Institute you can now, no matter where your company is located, experience the magic of Bee Downtown.