Founder of Innovation 4.4
Lina Constantinovici, MBA is the Founder of Innovation 4.4, focused on accelerating commercialization of technologies needed to implement the Paris Agreement and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by aligning with 4.4 billion years of our planetary systems.
As a pioneer in biomimetic innovation and cleantech, Lina has focused on investing in and commercializing biomimetic technologies. In 2012, 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.
As a sustainability strategist, Lina has worked with organizations such as the San Francisco Department of Environment where she quantified, co-authored, and presented for public hearing the Waste Offset Fee proposed legislation, a financial incentive GHG emissions reduction program towards the city's zero waste goals. For the EPA, Lina designed and led a Stakeholder Engagement process with public agencies, business and NGOs in order to develop EPA’s Standards for Sustainable Large Scale Food Venues (convention centers, hotels, ballparks). For W Hotels and Starwood, Lina developed the Strategic Management Plan for Implementing Sustainability Initiatives, the Marketing Plan for promoting sustainable initiatives to guests, the Financial Assessment and Payback Analysis of Rooftop Wind Turbine installation, and lead a strategic Scenario Planning process for sustainable supply chain strategy. For Walmart, Lina developed the Organics Recycling Operations Plan for the company’s Superstores, as well as supply chain standards for apparel. For over 20 years, Lina has been engaged in innovation in the public, private, and NGO sectors. In 2007, Lina led a research project for Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, evaluating the rate of commercialization of patented technologies developed in the lab and identifying relevant market failures related to technology commercialization. Lina was a contributing economic indicators researcher for the State of Green Business 2008. In the domain of sustainable architecture and built environment innovation, Lina is the recipient of the international RE:STORE award for her future of retail design. Lina was Vice-President of the Board of Directors for Silicon Valley Environmental Partnership for 6 years.
Over the past 12 years, Lina has worked with early-stage ventures as a startup advisor, a mentor for accelerators like Cleantech Open, and Advisory Board member for SXSW Eco’s Startup Central. Lina Co-Chairs the Nexus Working Group on Impact Investing. She is a frequent speaker and university lecturer on entrepreneurship, impact investing, sustainability, biomimetic innovation, the future of philanthropy, the evolution of global financial systems, and applied economics.
In 2016, Lina led the development of the partnership between Innovation 4.4 and the New Organ Alliance to connect the tissue engineering research community and the Silicon Valley investment and startup ecosystems. Lina lead the investment and entrepreneurship tracks at the launch of the NASA Centennial Challenge on Vascular Tissue at NASA Ames.
Lina earned an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco where she has lived for over 20 years.