Andrew Fitch is MFN’s Community Engagement Manager. He’s worked in DEIB (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging) in the tech space for years. In this video, he offers some advice about trying to get it right from the beginning, not as an afterthought. 
Air quality monitoring startup Zeptive is typically No. 1 when you search Google for “vape detector” and other phrases critical to their business. This is no coincidence. It’s the result of a strategic approach to search engine optimization that has helped the company generate leads, educate customers, and expand its audience. 
Search engine optimization can seem daunting even for startup founders, but with tons of amazing tools to help you strategize and take stock, it won’t be too long before you’re an SEO pro. Here are some of our recommendations.
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) can be a great marketing tool for startups, but it can be a complicated undertaking. Good news, though: We have some expert tips for you, courtesy of Adriaan Van Swieten, who works on SEO with startups and businesses across the country.
Francesca Olsen is Publisher of the MFN Journal, and she’s also a longtime digital marketer. She shares four tips for getting started as a new startup founder or business owner.
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. 
He cycles through many hypotheses rapidly until he zeroes in on the correct one, always inching closer to the truth. This is similar to the startup journey.
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.
Startup founders are already tough, but it’s also a good time to be resilient.
The Innovation Institute at the MassTech Collaborative has awarded grants to three organizations to boost the development of regional startup communities.
The Massachusetts Founders Network has officially begun its beta launch period! We’ll be testing ideas, optimizing the user experience, and adding new features as we prepare for the official launch in fall 2023.

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!