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ESO Staff

Innovation Leader at UMass M2D2 helping medical device, biotech & digital health startups move from idea to market through a world-class accelerator program, IMPACT.

M2D2 is also an incubator for leading innovators with a number of emerging technologies being developed utilizing advanced shared lab equipment and a rich ecosystem of resources offered through the Core Research Facilities.

Richard is passionate about supporting founders to develop IMPACTful businesses that can transform how we deliver care to millions of patients. If you want to learn more about some of the startups being supported then be sure to check out The Medtech Impact Podcast!

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!