Steve

Vilkas

He/Him
Expert, ESO Staff

I began my startup journey as my father’s marketing co-founder, and after my mother’s death in 2016 embarked on what has become the greatest journey of my life — learning, growing, and getting the chance to add value to the global startup ecosystem particularly in Boston and New England. Serving as COO + Chief Ecosystem Officer at Prepare 4 VC is my pride and joy, as well as serving as Co-Director of Boston New Technology. I am here to help, to tell funny jokes, and to render unto others the same support and warm hospitality that I was shown years ago…it’s that which unlocks so much.

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Marketing
Operations
Strategic Partnerships
Investor Relations

Professional Background

Former Founder, Co-Founder, former team member of many ventures, current COO and Chief Ecosystem Officer at Prepare 4 VC, Co-Director of Boston New Technology, Co-Organizer at Startup Grind Boston, Born Global Boston, and Defense Entrepreneurs Forum

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. 

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