Lina is a founding partner of BVC Partners, Founder of StartupNectar, and Founder of the Risk and Value Creation Institute. With over 20 years cross-sector experience, Lina has been a pioneer in biomimetic innovation, with a focus on investing in and commercializing biomimetic technologies, and finance innovation. Lina founded StartupNectar, a biomimetic technology incubator focused on commercializing solutions based on nature’s strategies. StartupNectar was selected as a finalist in the NASA/SSV Showcase of Solutions for Planetary Sustainability in 2013. Lina also developed a curriculum for applying biomimicry to entrepreneurship at part of the StartupNectar incubator program. As a Managing Partner of BVC Fund, Lina is building a venture investment model based on nature’s strategies for a fund focused on investing in biomimetic technologies.
Over the past eight years, Lina has worked with early-stage ventures as a startup advisor, a mentor for the Hub Ventures Accelerator and Cleantech Open, and Advisory Board member for SXSW Eco’s Startup Central. As Head of U.S. Operations, Lina contributed to building GrowVC: the first online, global marketplace for entrepreneurs. Lina also co-founded Nature’s Algorithm focused on advancing the application of biomimetic innovation in corporate R&D and innovation processes. She is a frequent speaker and university lecturer on biomimetic innovation.
Lina earned an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco where she has lived for over 20 years.