Cairn Cross is Co-Founder of FreshTracks Capital, which has catalyzed more than $500 million in investments to high-growth Vermont companies since it was founded in 2000. He shares his insights about how VCs can approach rural areas.
Are you looking into an SBIR grant for your startup? Co-Founder and CTO Elizabeth Nelson was recently awarded an SBIR grant for her company Mother’s Milk is Best. She shared some of her experiences with the SBIR process–and their plans for her $1.8 million grant. 
Aakash Shah and Damian Felchlin are the co-founders of High Time Foods, a Boston-based food company focusing on plant-based meat alternatives. In the last 18 months, they’ve been able to raise funds and go from prototype to proof of market potential–now they’re preparing to scale further.
It’s essential to understand that investors aren’t merely looking for $100,000 in revenue. They’re looking for a hint of something extraordinary.
Chris Sims has been on both sides of the startup coin, as a founder and as an investor. He’s also an MFN advisor, and we’re happy that he’s generous enough to share his experience and tips with our community–including this advice about crafting a pitch.
Alex Kennedy is the co-founder and CEO of, a software platform to help advertisers better understand and optimize their ads. He has 11+ years of experience in digital advertising, spanning both the private and public sectors.
Each day our inboxes get filled with emails from startups trying to raise money.  I delete them immediately.
There are a few good (but many bad) reasons to raise capital.

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!