I am the co-founder and CEO of UpLevel Foods LLC, a company focused on Food as Medicine. This is a pre-revenue company and is in prototype stage of launching condiments to off-set the harmful effects of “Standard American Diet”. I also have a consulting company (B-Gyan, LLC) that help start-ups and small to mid-size companies launch new products and develop enabling technologies. I have more than 30 years of experience in the Food Industry, including delivering breakthrough innovations for General Mills, Ocean Spray and GNC. I have a master’s in food science (Clemson University), a PhD in Food Engineering (Penn State), and an MBA in Entrepreneurship (Babson).

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!