Driven by her passion for sustainability and love of material science, Emily quickly found her home within the metal recycling industry. She built the foundation of her technical expertise at WPI’s Center for Resource Recovery and Recycling (CR3) but her career in the scrap world was kicked into gear in 2019. That year she traveled across the United States, visiting countless facilities to learn the ins and outs, but most importantly the needs, of the scrap metal recycling industry. This led Emily, along with her Co-Founder Caleb, to found VALIS, a software startup dedicated to delivering the solutions that are needed to ensure the optimal processing of scrap and creation of a circular economy. The VALIS team is committed to bringing Industry 4.0 capabilities that support the stability and profitability of metal recyclers and maximizes the recovery of material from the past to meet the demands of the future. Emily centers on leading with compassion and enjoys creating a supportive, collaborative environment that drives success for VALIS teammates, customers, and partners.

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!