Sometimes being in a rural area can be an advantage, no matter what you’re trying to build.
I have never been more convinced that a lot of people really don’t understand the creative process.
In the early days of COVID-19, hundreds of Massachusetts companies made a hard pivot into producing PPE, shields and other pandemic-related supplies.
Each day our inboxes get filled with emails from startups trying to raise money. I delete them immediately.
In our productivity-obsessed culture, we do a TON of work that doesn’t really need to get done.
Across Massachusetts, local food systems are growing and thriving because of new innovations, from web-based CSA shares to a logistical solution to farms’ wholesale operations. 

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!