Massachusetts Secretary of Economic Development Yvonne Hao generously offered us her perspectives on the strengths of our state, what Massachusetts needs to continue to prosper, and what it’s been like as an experienced business professional to settle into her first government job.
While founders might be well-versed in what ADA compliance entails in physical spaces, Tom Sharpe, co-founder of Mungy, a creative studio specializing in web design (who also made MFN’s site!), is aiding his clients by expanding their knowledge of ADA compliance in the digital world. 
The 2023 Berkshire Sustainability Challenge–produced by the Massachusetts Founders Network and Lever with support from MassCEC—is looking for clean energy startups to participate in an accelerated program with an opportunity to win a $40,000 prize.
I have never been more convinced that a lot of people really don’t understand the creative process.

Founders are everywhere, but resources aren’t.

That’s a shame, because the next big idea could come from anywhere.


The Massachusetts Founder Network aims to bridge the gap, giving startup founders equitable access to resources that will help their companies grow.


We support MA founders no matter where they come from, their company’s stage, or their business sector. We want to democratize access to the resources that will help them accelerate—and excel. All founders are welcome to find resources and community at MFN while creating connections, expanding their networks, and learning from one another.

About MFN

The Massachusetts Founders Network is a central hub for all things startups, fostering innovation and collaboration across the state. MFN offers valuable networking, resources, mentorship, and community for startup founders in Massachusetts. 


MFN is produced by Lever, a startup accelerator based in North Adams. Our work is supported by funding from and collaboration with the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, based in Westborough.


We’ve been advising and connecting with entrepreneurs for years, and we’re using that knowledge and network to launch something new, with the help of an advisory board of successful founders and major players in the startup ecosystem. 

We plan to launch the Massachusetts Founders Network in summer 2023. Sign up for our newsletter to get alerts about our launch, new features, and MFN events!