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Lamis
Jarvinen
She/Her
ESO Staff

Dr. Lamis Jarvinen brings her highly credentialed experience in innovation and research to serve as the founding Executive Director of the RIDE Center. Dr. Jarvinen received her Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Immunology from Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine. As a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Michigan Medical Center, Dr. Jarvinen developed immunological strategies for prolonging whole organ transplantation tolerance using viral gene therapy and adult mesenchymal stem cell therapy.

Stanley
Rameau
He/Him
Founder

Stanley Rameau is the Founder and CEO of Renavest, a financial education community for wealth building experts and individuals to connect, share and build wealth together. He is poised to make an even greater impact now that the Renavest app is available on both Apple Store & Google Play.

When Rameau isn’t guiding individuals from all walks of life along their journey to wealth building, he can be found building and growing his Boston-based creative brand, Paul Rameau.

Rameau’s journey is defined by a mosaic of diverse work experiences that have molded him into the inspiring figure he is today. His early career involved roles in design and marketing within the fashion industry, where he fine-tuned his creative talents. Later, he ventured into entrepreneurship, growing multiple successful startups. Rameau’s career path showcases his versatility and a relentless drive to make a meaningful impact.

In 2019, Rameau launched Paul Rameau in honor of his father’s passing to myeloma. The fashion brand is making waves in the Greater Boston Area, as covered in this article from The Boston Globe. Rameau’s unique creativity is deeply rooted in his commitment to unlocking his own untapped potential, a commitment that reverberates throughout his remarkable career. His wellspring of creativity flows from a profound commitment to unlocking his untapped potential. In all his endeavors, he strives to encourage others to embrace risks and embark on their personal journey of doing the same.

Laura
Blockel
She/Her
ESO Staff

Title: Director of Corporate and Foundation Grants, Institutional Advancement, Westfield State University.
Mission: facilitating relationships with businesses, corporations, and foundations to support research, innovation, design, and entrepreneurial initiatives at Westfield State University.

Doug
Godfrin
He/Him
Founder

Doug received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware and completed a post-doc at MIT before founding VeraMorph. He has 10+ years of experience in chemical synthesis and analysis, formulation and drug product design, and business development. He has published 16 papers and 5 patents on advanced materials and pharmaceutical formulations.

Hadley
Haselmann
She/Her
Founder

Hadley is an innovator. She studied social entrepreneurship at Skidmore College where she became a finalist for NY upstate student startup competition, launched two ventures, and is currently CEO of pet health care company analyzing dog salvia for early stage disease detection at home. She started a mentorship program for students to launch their own ventures in Troy, NY called ‘Spark Academy’ at the Troy Innovation Garage. She obtained MS in Innovation and Management at Tufts Engineering School. Currently she coaches aspiring founders and works on join partnerships with universities and large semiconductor companies to support the Chips Act in creating more microchips in the US.

Howard
Wu
He/Him
Founder

Howard (Hao) Wu, PhD has almost 20 years’ experience in gene editing technology and new drug discovery. He is specialized in overseeing R&D programs, new lab and research team set up in the biotech start-ups.

Dr. Wu is the co-founder and CEO/CSO of Full Circles Therapeutics, where he is dedicated to developing curative gene editing based gene/cell therapy. He is responsible for generating revenue through collaboration with MNC and biotech partners. Before founding Full Circles Therapeutics, Dr. Wu was leading multiple discovery biology programs and disease prioritization in the genetic disease space at Fulcrum Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ:FULC), a Cambridge small molecule drug discovery biotech company. He had been with the company through the full development phases starting from the start-up, expansion, until post-IPO development, during which he led a cross-functional team for portfolio disease selection and prioritization of multiple disease programs including neuromuscular disease, cardiac disease, hematological and metabolic diseases, including two major partnership collaborations with MyoKardia and Acceleron.

Before joining Fulcrum, Dr. Wu was a senior research fellow at Whitehead institute, MIT. His research focused on neurological disorders utilizing a combination of CRISPR/Cas9 mediated genomic and epigenomic editing technology and stem cell technology. He did his PhD in Biochemistry and Structural Biology at Hongkong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) and Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Fudan University before he did his postdoctoral research at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Dr. Wu has more than 30 journal publications, patents, and research and industry grants. For his work, he has received fellowship award from human frontier science program (HSFP) and NARSAD young investigator award. He was also awarded the Alfred Blalock Young Investigator Award from JHMI and President’s award from Whitehead Institute, MIT.

Davinder
Gill
He/Him
Founder

My entrepreneurial interests reside in the application of advanced biomedical technologies to address global health needs. Currently, I am the Founder and CEO of StiRx Inc, a Boston-based biotechnology company focused on developing best-in-class vaccines and therapeutics for treatment and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases. Prior to founding StiRx, I was founder of Nucalix Bio, a startup that developed vaccines for COVID-19. During the pandemic, I also provide strategic consulting to Pharma, Biotech and private equity firms on technology, portfolio and investment opportunities. Previously, I was CEO at Hilleman Laboratories which is a first-of-its-kind equal joint-venture partnership between Merck & Co and Wellcome Trust. Prior to Hilleman Labs, I was Vice President and Head, Global Biotherapeutics at Pfizer. Before Pfizer, I was Head of Biologic Discovery at Wyeth in various roles starting as Director of Research to Vice President. I started my career at Millennium Pharmaceuticals where I was head of the Antibody Technologies group advancing Biologic discovery in Inflammation and Oncology. I hold a PhD in Chemical Engineering and served as Research Fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School.

Shonte
Davidson
She/Her
Founder

Mother. Wife. Entrepreneur. Electrical Contractor.

Amelia
Thomas
She/Her
Founder

I am a professional scientist turned entrepreneur. River Otter is targeting PFAS destruction through conversion into renewable fuels.

Biplab
Malo
He/Him
Founder

Originally from a small village in Bangladesh, Biplab Malo pursued higher education in the United States, earning a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies in Biology, Chemistry, and physics from Southeast Missouri State University and a dentistry professional degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Currently, he owns a thriving dental practice in Peabody, MA, and is the Founder and CEO of STAPGEN LLC. As the Founder and CEO of STAPGEN LLC he is passionate about addressing the global health challenge of type 2 diabetes, he leads a team focused on developing and commercializing a groundbreaking biomedical innovation. With a robust background in the biomedical field, multiple patents, and trademarks, Biplab Malo brings the expertise needed to guide a team of talented professionals united by a common mission to combat a widespread health issue.

Swarna
Shiv
She/Her
Founder

Hi there! My name is Swarna, founder/CEO of Unsmudgeable. I’ve worn glasses for 15 years, since I was 7, and constantly battled smudging despite trying every lens cleaner out there. Motivated by my own experience and desire for consistently clear vision, I founded Unsmudgeable. If phones and tablets can come manufactured with anti-fingerprint coating on the screens, I believe that eyewear should too. No major eyewear brand offers an anti-smudge coating, instead focusing on UV, anti-reflective, scratch resistance, and blue light filtration. This is especially important for the military personnel, surgeons, construction workers, and even general prescription eyewear users I’ve spoken to. This confirmed the need for a new solution to a common problem I experience firsthand. My domain expertise comes from being an eyewear user for over a decade combined with deep consumer insights, which helped create the foundation for Unsmudgeable.

Soumya
Roy
He/Him
Founder

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).

Cindy
Belardo
She/Her
Founder

Cindy Belardo is the CEO and co-founder of Sunny, a FemTech startup creating the first menstrual cup that inserts like a tampon. A period expert of 3 years, she is a passionate social entrepreneur for eco-friendly periods, normalizing menstruation, and ending period poverty. She led a team to India on the topic of her TEDx talk on “Menstrual Cups for Women’s Empowerment.” She holds a BS in Environmental Studies, Pre-Medicine from the University of Oklahoma.

Jack
Duffy-Protentis
He/Him
Founder

Jack Duffy-Protentis is a WPI 2020 Grad and Founder/CEO of eSki Watercraft who is legally blind.

Ross
Bloom
He/Him
Founder

I founded Revvit to address gaps in EV charging access at thousands of parking locations in Massachusetts and beyond, with a low-cost solution that makes sense for property owners and drivers. I am from Massachusetts and have lived all around the state. With MFN I am excited to meet others working in climate hardware or similar arenas and to help support each other so we aren’t all facing the same challenges alone.

Alex
Fedosov
He/Him
Founder

FoundAItion specializes in a spectrum of Gen AI consulting services, ranging from chatbot development and prompt engineering to AI education and security assessments. In parallel, the company is undergoing a transformation from a service-based to a product-oriented business, with the development of a GenAI search engine rooted in its research in Natural Neural Networks (NNN).

I’m a co-founder / Technology Research Lead with deep expertise in the design and development of a variety of web, security, AI and multi-tiered Big Data applications. Pioneered AETD, Advanced Endpoint Threat Detection technology, transforming the security landscape. Known for possessing extensive knowledge in all phases of SDLC, software design, development, administration and testing. Conducts advanced research in artificial intelligence, utilizing Nvidia CUDA and SIMD architecture to push the boundaries of machine learning and natural language processing. Focuses on the innovative development of Natural Neural Networks to set the stage for future technological breakthroughs. Skilled in deploying pragmatic solutions by integrating OpenAI’s cutting-edge technologies and RAG frameworks to address complex challenges and advance AI applications.

Hitomi
Abiko
She/Her
Founder

Hi, I’m a cofounder of Twork, the AI-powered social tool directory. Instead of just asking each other “what tool do you use?” at networking events, Twork allows you to follow industry leaders and check out their workflow, as well as showcase your own. Otherwise, I run a creative agency/startup incubator called Skydea out of Tokyo. Nice to meet you!

Alexander
Margulis
He/Him
ESO Staff

Dr. Margulis has more than 25 years of science and business development experience in the Life Science industry and is currently a Chief Operating Officer at Mansfield Bio-Incubator, building an entrepreneurial ecosystem in Southeastern Massachusetts. Trained as a cellular and molecular biologist, his accomplishments include 12 authored scientific papers and numerous abstracts. In business development, Dr. Margulis increased sales by 200% within two years in the US and Canada, placed the Capital Equipment instruments into world-class academic and biotech/pharma accounts in the Boston area, and created a life science entrepreneurial ecosystem at Mansfield Bio-Incubator from scratch. He was critical in securing $4M money ($2M from Massachusetts Life Science Center and $2M from a private foundation) for Mansfield Bio-Incubator’s 15,000 square feet expansion, which was completed in Q1, 2022. Recently, he successfully led efforts in receiving a $1.2M award from EDA towards making Mansfield Bio-Incubator as a hub for for Southeastern MA life science ecosystem.

Barbra
BatShalom
She/Her
Founder, Investor

Since leaving architecture in 1998 after 12 years, I have been a compulsive innovator and problem solver, drawn to challenges that no one else wants to tackle! I’ve started a series of businesses since ‘98, the most recent is BuildingEase, the first scale-engine to accelerate market transformation across the building product supply chain. I’ve been an angel investor and have been mentoring at Clean Tech Open Northeast for many years. I teach Entrepreneurial Leadership in Real Estate and Leadership for Sustainability and do a lot of in-house training for corporations and serve on BoD of CLF and mM. I crave a network of peers to share with, learn from and just be able to connect and share!

Ardian
Preci
He/Him
ESO Staff

Dynamic and visionary leader with extensive experience in business development, startup incubation, and strategic leadership. Proven track record in managing operations, fostering entrepreneurial growth, and building strong stakeholder relationships. Committed to driving innovation and nurturing early-stage ventures in academic settings.

Ramdas
Pai
He/Him
Founder

I have an educational background in pharmacy and organic chemistry. For my PhD degree I made outstanding fluorescent compounds. A slight modification in the structure of these compounds produced compounds with similar properties. A small amount of one compound has been made and it looks visually impressive.
These compounds were patentable, and I obtained a US patent covering these compounds. I also started a virtual company (Scintillon Research LLC). Since then, I have been looking for pre-seed funding for proof-of-concept studies. The market for these compounds already exists. I just made a better mouse trap.

Scintillon Research LLC will be selling fluorescent probes (molecules) to scientists (especially biologists) and engineers.
Fluorescent molecules are used for measuring or visualizing trace amounts of substances. Scintillon Research LLC will offer improved, patented (US patent 9,372,194 B2, 2016), fluorescent probes to research workers.
These molecules have 2 advantages over the main widely used competing molecule fluorescein. They are more stable to ultraviolet radiation and have a much larger Stokes shift of around 100nm which allows measurement of very low levels of samples.
Fluorescein is not stable to ultraviolet radiation and has a small Stokes shift (10nm). Fluorescein is not covered by a patent. When fluorescein is used as a microscopic stain, it fades rapidly when the slide is viewed under ultraviolet light. My compounds fluoresce for longer time.

I would like to make 2 compounds and study their utility in 4 projects. Since my company does not have a lab. I would like to outsource this work to US contract research companies.

1. Assay for alkaline phosphatase and
2. microscopic stain for cells producing alkaline phosphatase.

3. Assay for hydrogen sulfide and
4. microscopic stain for cells producing hydrogen sulfide.

No fluorescent probe for hydrogen sulfide exists on the market.

Significance of these assays

Determination of alkaline phosphatase activity using synthetic substrates has become important in biological research and clinical diagnosis of bone diseases such as increased osteoblastic activity and malignant bone tumors, but also for certain types of bile and liver diseases.

Hydrogen sulfide is an emerging neuromodulator that exerts a wide range of pathological and physiological functions in the human body, from endocrine system and cellular longevity to hepatic protection and kidney function. Hence there is a need for a tool for the detection and quantifying hydrogen sulfide in biological fluids and intact cells.

I am willing to work on any other project suggested by the funding agency.

Jaison
Patel
He/Him
Founder

I am building Tubender, where we are making automatic metal tube bending machines smaller, more affordable, and easier to use. Machines on the current market weigh over a ton, cost over $100,000, and are often longer than 20 feet long. My personal goal is to make all types of manufacturing accessible for all. I’d love for MFN to help connect me with people of similar interests as well as potential mentors and teammates!

Steve
Birnhak
He/Him
Founder

Steve Birnhak – COO & Co-Founder – Stockbridge, MA – Steve is a serial entrepreneur. He loves turning innovative ideas into products that deliver great user experiences. He was the Founder and CEO of Inwindow Outdoor, a pioneering New York-based digital media company creating unforgettable interactive advertising in public spaces seen by millions. The company was acquired in December, 2021. Prior to Inwindow, he co-founded Swapdrive, a VC-backed, cloud-based file storage and sharing platform acquired by Symantec (NASDAQ: SYMC) for $123M. He received his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, and an MBA in marketing and management with an emphasis in entrepreneurship, from the Stern School of Business at New York University where he was a Dean’s Scholar.

Joseph
Yu
Founder

Pananosis Laboratories is developing a blood-based early detection test for pancreatic and related cancers. We are using novel machine learning methods for analysis, working at the intersection of biology and computer science. I am a highs school student who started this as a research project and spun it out, and in my free time I like hanging out with friends or making music.

Abraham
Abraham Walters
He/Him
Founder

AI measurements is a sensor platform to help manufacturing companies with their digital transformation efforts. We help with Automation, Quality Control and Efficiency. I am a passionate engineer with a successful track record in being the change I want to see in the world. I would like MFN to help me scale that change.

Nele
Van Dessel
She/Her
Founder

I am a scientist turned CEO, running a UMass Amherst spinoff in Hadley and the UMass Amherst incubator. We are engineering bacteria to treat solid tumors. We are currently raising a $2M dollar seed round to advance our first pipeline candidate to the clinic. I would like to join MFN to learn from other founders and to expand my network.

Heather
Campbell
She/Her
Founder

Heather Campbell – CEO & Co-Founder – Stockbridge, MA – Heather’s purpose in life is to make people feel and be seen, heard and celebrated. Prior to founding Ready Set Recover, she held senior leadership roles as VP Synergy and Brand integration at ESPN, VP of Alchemy at Audacy (an audio content company), and Chair of the School and Education Committee in D2 of NYC where she founded a new school. She’s a motivational public speaker and engaging consultant who uses storytelling to open people up to possibilities and outline actions they then feel empowered to take. She competed for and won a full merit scholarship for her MBA at NYU’s Stern School of Business and has her BA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

David
Luigs
He/Him
Founder

David Luigs is a student at the College of the Holy Cross studying Economics and Computer Science. Born in Atlanta Georgia he moved to Massachusetts to attend college where he met his business partner and Co-founder TJ Haigh. Creating Trivflic in their dorm room in November 2022 they have been refining it and tweaking it since. Creating an app that is a gamified social media app, the first of its kind. Trivflic plans on launching on IOS and Android in February 2024.

TJ
Haigh
He/Him
Founder

I’m currently a student at Holy Cross in Worcester Mass, I graduated from Cushing Academy in 2022. Trivflic, my startup, focuses on reimagining trivia and creating the first gamified social network. Trivflic is intended to launch on iOS and Android in February 2024!

Brittney
Cappiello
She/Her
Founder

Brittney has devoted her 22+ year professional career as a Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist to helping women to prevent and treat problems such as urinary incontinence, bowel incontinence, urgency, frequency, vaginal prolapse, and pelvic pain. Brittney grew up in Adams, MA and returned to the area in 2003 with her husband, Tim, after working in Washington DC for 2 years following her graduation with her BS/MS from Russell Sage College. Brittney has 2 children, a son, Ian, who is 18, and a daughter, Maryn, who is 16. When she is not working she enjoys spending time with her family and hiking with her dog, Bruin.

Frank
Dolan
He/Him
Founder

Frank founded ARSENAL, a life science focused media and insights firm, after 20 years in biotech starting the commercial divisions of several companies ultimately acquired by big pharma.

Joanna
Shu
She/Her
Founder

Joanna has an MBA in finance from BU and experience developing personal care products and launching them in retail. Her most recent company was Refresh Skin Therapy, where she successfully launched 17 products into several channels, including Amazon, Costco, Walmart, Sam’s Club, and RiteAid.

Amy
Boutwell
She/Her
Founder

I design and lead healthcare delivery transformation efforts at the regional, state and national levels. Building on 15 years of experience I am working to create a tech-enabled service delivery offering to scale a solution to help hospital and accountable care teams better care for people who are experiencing a cycle of visits in and out of the hospitals/EDs. The solution would be based on tech-enabled workflow, deployed by a small core team in the hospital who are supported virtually by a virtual centralized remote team and who work in collaboration with the existing teams in the hospitals and PCP practices to lighten their load and help them achieve better clinical and financial outcomes. I’m eager to meet, work with, learn from and experience the benefits of being in a community of people trying to bring new ideas into the world!

Rich
Corbett
I prefer not to say
Founder, Investor

Founder TheStartup.com, Director Seed Golf, Chief Investment Officer Palm Street Capital  experienced founder, mentor, investor.

Chris
Oates
He/Him
Founder

Legislata is an informational marketplace and productivity suite for the public policy industry. I worked on the 2020 ranked choice voting campaign (Question 2) and was shocked at how there was no easy way to know what was happening in policy or tool to help people work efficiently in it. Keen to connect with those interested in making the political process a bit less broken.

Andrew
Fitch
He/Him
ESO Staff

Andrew’s community engagement experience extends across industries, cities, and countries. From running a Boston screen acting school to evangelizing San Francisco, Singapore, and London-based Tech startups. Andrew is passionate about connecting with and supporting entrepreneurs in his home state of Massachusetts and home city of North Adams. In his personal time, Andrew enjoys serving on local boards such as North Adams Pride and commissions such as the North Adams Zoning Board, running a farmers market booth, officiating weddings for friends and family, and producing city-wide celebration opportunities.

Tony
Zhang
He/Him
Founder

Avid golf hacker. Corp lender having provided over $3 billion in financing. Serial community builder/founder. Creating On-Demand Advisory Board for founders empowered by proprietary mobile technologies and an issued utility patent.

Amber
McFee
She/Her
Founder

I’m a problem-solver and management professional with 15+ years of experience helping startups optimize operations and drive growth. I specialize in the adult beverage space where one challenge has consistently persisted, a lack of unified software to connect suppliers, distributors, and experiential/staffing agencies. To bridge this gap, I created GigEngyn—a comprehensive platform designed to make life easier. I’m passionate about using technology to create solutions that make life simpler and GigEngyn is a great example of this. I’m excited to continue developing innovative solutions that improve how things are done.

Ashwin
Lokapally
Founder

Hello, I’m Ashwin, CEO & Co-founder of GiwoTech, Inc. We are a TechBio technology platform company, revolutionizing viral therapeutic and vaccine discovery through digital twin of viruses. We aim to solve health equity and accessibility.

Omkar
Chavan
He/Him
Founder

A vocal debt enthusiast from Northeastern University. Founder, CEO of SplitIn, will surely retire as a Photographer.

SplitIn a C2C, AI-fintech housing marketplace that facilitates the process of roommate match & housing search to sub/leasing private living spaces for international students and professionals in Massachusetts.

International student solving a problem personally faced aiming to provide a better solution.

Eben
Pingree
He/Him
Founder

Kinsome is a digital platform that strengthens relationships between grandkids and grandparents by deliberately counteracting the forces that have made those intergenerational relationships increasingly hard to develop.

Kinsome makes it fun for kids to share more of their lives through a social journaling experience that removes parents as the communication bottleneck and replaces them with a friendly AI bot, Kinzey, who is specifically designed to facilitate intergenerational conversation.

In an increasingly lonely world where the bedrock of familial support has been eroding for decades, we see an opportunity to leverage AI to bridge the gap between these two generations that have both the time and the need for deeper connection.

John
Stanhope
He/Him
Founder

As the co-founder and technology partner at Dovetail, my primary focus is to make digital transformation accessible to entrepreneurs. We started Dovetail because we understand the gaps that exist when starting or expanding a company. We help businesses experiencing transformational change to bridge the gaps in operations and technology, allowing entrepreneurs to focus on what’s important: the business. Whether you’re a startup or an expanding business, finding a capable partner during times when you’re already spread thin can seem like an impossible task. Dovetail exists to ease the stress and act as a trusted partner to your business, regardless of your technical needs.

Kaitlyn
Suarez
She/Her
Founder

Kaitlyn Suarez, co-founder and CEO of Terra Watts, is developing technology to wirelessly transmit power. Suarez believes that the future of power transmission is in wireless technology, which will reduce the demand for minerals used in batteries and wires. She earned her Ph.D. and M.S. in geosciences as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research fellow at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and holds a B.S. in geology from Union College in New York State.

Claire
Beskin
I prefer not to say
Founder

Claire Beskin is a cofounder of Empallo, an MIT spinoff building AI solutions to support cardiovascular care. Claire earned an MBA from MIT with a concentration in healthcare and a BA from Dartmouth College. Claire has prior work experience in product management at an MIT startup called Alpaca, management consulting at Boston Consulting Group (BCG), and sales & trading at Goldman Sachs.

Emre
Bektik
He/Him
Founder

We are an early stage digital healthcare startup focused on at-home management of Type-2 diabetes. We have a co-founder team of doctors and scientists in diabetes field and a few other software engineers onboard. Currently, we are developing our software platform and negotiating with an AI research lab to help us build our AI platform to personalize the diabetes management program for patients with different needs. We need support from MFN to help us find other team members, establish important networks, and search for appropriate non-dilutive funding sources.

Shalabh
Gupta
He/Him
Founder

LiberTax provides startup employees with automated tax planning for their equity compensation by integrating financial data via APIs and past tax returns. We are starting with this niche customer base of early adopters to bring affordable expert tax planning to all employees in the US. Founded by Shalabh Gupta, an HBS MBA and Big4 alumnus with a passion for personal taxation.

Onder
Ondemir
He/Him
Founder

Co-founder of Ubiros | Revolutionizing Food & Bev. Industry | First-Ever Electrical Soft Gripper

Hailing from the tech-savvy heart of Massachusetts, I’m passionate about innovation, and it’s led me to co-found Ubiros, where we’ve cooked up a groundbreaking solution for the food and beverage industry and warehouses.

In the world of food and bev., the demand for efficient automation has never been higher. That’s where Ubiros steps in. We’ve crafted the very first electrical soft gripper to tackle the unique challenges of this industry. Whether it’s handling delicate pastries or juicy fish, our gripper delicately solves the age-old “how to handle it” conundrum.

I’m a proud co-founder who’s had the privilege of collaborating with a long-time friend, an esteemed professor in WPI Robotics Engineering. With my background, including a PhD in Industrial Engineering and prior experience as VP of Analytics in a Fortune 100 company, I’ve developed a deep understanding of the tech landscape.

Our Mission: At Ubiros, we’re on a mission to redefine industry standards. We’re looking to streamline processes, cut costs, and ensure that businesses in the food and beverage sector (especially small ones) can thrive in this digital age.

Massachusetts Founders Network: As a member of the Massachusetts Founders Network, I’m eager to connect with like-minded entrepreneurs and innovators. Together, we can elevate our startups and explore exciting collaborations. Let’s cook up some cutting-edge ideas and stir innovation in the tech scene!

Leo
Dassa
He/Him
Founder

Looking to connect with other likeminded healthcare startup founders.

Roger
Dias
He/Him
Founder

Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School | Co-Founder of Xtory.ai

Daniel
Dacey
He/Him
Founder

Hiring and supporting a data science team for omics initiatives isn’t easy for biotechs, and working with traditional bioinformatic CROs can be a headache (one expert, email communication, hourly billing). I started Dovetail Biopartners to alleviate these pain points by tackling every omics data problem with a custom solution, as a team, and with streamlined collaboration through our Slack and in-house Client Portal. We only work on flat rate models, never hourly, so our data scientists and cloud engineers can stay focused on crafting the best solutions to each client’s specific problem. We are more than just a service provider, but a strategic partner for tailored omics data analytics and management solutions.
I am very much looking forward to learning from fellow founders on how to be a good leader and mentor, the pros and cons of outside funding vs bootstrapping, and maybe teaching others a bit about the world of data science.

Tom
Sharpe
He/Him
ESO Staff

As the Chief Relationship Builder at Mungy, I identify promising partnerships and nurture them to create lasting results. I rarely turn down an in person meeting especially if it involves good coffee and deep conversation.

When I’m not building our business, you can find me either reading a book (mostly biographies or life philosophy) or outdoors, hiking, biking, camping, and running a taxi service for our kids.

Aakash
Shah
He/Him
Founder

Aakash Shah, co-founder and CEO of High Time Foods, graduated from Babson College’s F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business. The 0-1 and 1-10 phase of a startup is what Aakash enjoys working in. At High Time Foods, he is currently busy convincing restaurants and colleges to use their plant-based chicken product.

Zachary
Dutton
He/Him
Investor, ESO Staff

Currently the Executive Director of the Venture Forum in Worcester, MA. Venture Forum is an entrepreneurial community dedicated to helping early stage entrepreneurs grow and scale their ventures. I bring to it experience as an entrepreneur with expertise in strategic planning, operations, corporate development and fundraising. I successfully exited my last venture through strategic acquisition. I have led and managed multiple licensing agreements and partnerships in the US and internationally.

Clifford
Nau
Founder

Clifford (MIT Sloan) co-founder and COO of Kura Technologies, has built the first tech-incubator in the Caribbean region. He has raised and allocated up to $2M in funding in the region across multiple tech startups, acted as senior advisor to government officials of the LAC regions on financial inclusion, remittances, and digital economy. Clifford has strong expertise in digital financial inclusion, fintech, entrepreneurial strategy, building business ecosystem, business transformation, impact evaluation.

Stephanie
Joseph
She/Her
Founder

Fintech Founder and recent Harvard Business School MBA graduate with prior experience working in Fintech & Payments at Ernst & Young, American Express, and venture-backed start-ups in global markets (UK and Kenya) with a focus on driving product innovation, technology transformation, and strategic growth initiatives. Passionate about leveraging technology for impact and for economic development. I look forward to engaging with like-minded founders in the Massachusetts area.

Kara
Peterson
She/Her
Founder

Kara is a co-founder of descrybe.ai, the singular new way to search for, and understand, caselaw. descrybe.ai’s unique process leverages generative AI to make complex legal information more accessible to professionals and laypeople alike. The company is laser-focused on easy access to caselaw research, by lowering cost (it’s free!), increasing ease of use, and employing natural language search and summarization capacity. descrybe.ai was built in Greater Boston by Richard DiBona and Kara Peterson, a husband and wife team who share an interest in technology, the law, and the democratization of information.

Leslie
Nash
She/Her
ESO Staff

Program Director for the Technology-to-Market programming at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. MassCEC’s mission is to accelerate the clean energy and climate solution innovation that is critical to meeting the Commonwealth’s climate goals. I manage grant programs that support climate-focused tech innovators along their commercialization journey.

David
Rose
He/Him
Founder

David’s product designs have been featured at the New York Museum of Modern Art, covered in The New York Times, WIRED, and The Economist, and parodied on The Colbert Report. His home was featured in a New York Times video “The Internet of Things” about inventions that incorporate magic into everyday objects: a Google Earth coffee table that responds to gesture, Skype cabinetry in the living room, and a doorbell reminiscent of Mrs. Weasley’s clock that rings when a family member is on their way home. He even got John Stewart to belly laugh when he was a guest on The Daily Show!

Konstantyn
Shyshkin
He/Him
Founder

Consultant turned tech CEO

Uros
Kuzmanovic
He/Him
Founder

A lack of biosensors has drove me to mine nature for the purpose of creating continuously monitoring, non-invasive, diagnostic, affordable, and eventually therapeutic technology. I am a biotech entrepreneur bringing this idea to market.

Ryan
McNaughton
He/Him
Founder

I am the CEO and Co-founder of PriMetaz, an advanced materials company focused on developing translational metamaterial-based technologies that address common diagnostic imaging problems, namely improving the performance of magnetic resonance imaging. Prior to joining PriMetaz, I completed my doctoral studies at Boston University’s College of Engineering.

My thesis work is deeply rooted in developing computational tools for addressing clinically relevant health problems. I have extensively studied MRI physics and constructed python-based image processing algorithms to extract quantitative biological markers of the brain tissue’s condition.

Chris
Bauer
He/Him
ESO Staff

Chris supports startups as the Community Director at MassChallenge.

A nonprofit, MassChallenge connects startups, experts, corporations, and communities to grow and transform businesses and economies. Our unique equity-free model allows us to accelerate high-impact startups with bold, disruptive ideas from non-traditional backgrounds. We offer a variety of programs, accelerators, and partnerships throughout the year to those who share our vision of transformative innovation.

Sulagna (Dia)
Ghosh
Founder

Sulagna (Dia) Ghosh is a Women Techmakers Ambassador and the founder of Joint Family – an intergenerational platform empowering youth and elders through science, technology and arts. With a background in computational biology and over 10 years of work experience in academia and biotech, she is dedicated to building an innovative, inclusive and data driven venture to enhance well being across generations.

Brian
Handspicker
He/Him
Founder

CareWatch is a set of Socialcare/Healthcare monitoring apps that enable individuals and their caretakers to participate as members of their own extended care team, while enabling caretakers and care providers to remotely monitor the health and well-being of the individual.

Joe
Capone
He/Him
Founder

Digital punch card and order ahead mobile app platform for coffee shops, integrated with Square Loyalty

Seth
Hauben
Founder

Excited

Aidan
Regan
He/Him
Founder

I am working to create communal living spaces where inhabitants live in advanced, ecological housing, have direct access to quality nutrition and renewable energy, and work together in sharing tasks and lowering their daily expenses.

Anthony
Galgano
He/Him
Founder

I am a graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute with bachelor’s degrees in both Robotics Engineering and Electrical & Computer Engineering. I am a lifelong native of central MA growing up in Sutton, MA and attending high school and college in Worcester. Since the age of 5, I was involved in robotics clubs and competitions outside of school.

During my senior year of college in 2021, I started a company called True Robotics with the mission of providing hands-on, project based STEM experience for students in the classroom. After completing 4 months of market research as part of the I-Corps program at WPI/MIT my team and I launched our classroom robotics programs. Since launch in the beginning of 2023, we have served thousands of students and hundreds of educators extending our primary school robotics education program to schools across the United States.

Jyotsna
Mehta
She/Her
Founder

Jyotsna Mehta is the Founder & CEO of Kevahealth, a virtual care company in respiratory care based in Boston. A dynamic and accomplished professional bringing over twenty five years of combined experience in academia, regulatory affairs and pharmaceutical industry working in both global and US roles spanning multiple therapeutic areas with a strong foundation in pharmaceutical sciences, digital health, real world evidence, epidemiology, health outcomes, and pharmacoeconomics. Keva Health’s suite of digital solutions is integrating innovative remote monitoring functionality with evidence-based self-monitoring programs for patients with chronic respiratory diseases to improve outcomes and reduce cost.

Richard
Meiklejohn
I prefer not to say
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!

Siobhan
Dullea
She/Her
ESO Staff

Siobhan Dullea is an Executive Director of Innovate@BU, Boston University’s student facing innovation center. She has worked at the C-level for the last 15+ years in multiple organizations – as Chief Client Officer, Chief Growth Officer, COO and CEO. Siobhan has directly managed customer success, finance, growth, HR, operations, product, and technology teams.

Siobhan has lived, travelled, and worked in many countries with networks in and knowledge of Innovation ecosystems in China, England, Israel, Mexico, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, and across the United States. She also has experience in a wide range of industries, business models, and technologies.

Siobhan was named a “Visionary on the Rise” by Boston Magazine in May 2019 and won the FCW Fed100 in 2021. She is part of the founding team of a public-private partnership called The Mass FinTech Hub, fostering fintech growth in Massachusetts and is on the Board of the Women in Sports Tech, a nonprofit organization that empowers transformative growth opportunities for women and employers at the intersection of sports, technology, and innovation. She is a member of the International Women’s Forum of Massachusetts.

Robby
Bitting
He/Him
ESO Staff

Accelerating startups at MassChallenge

Nate
Nurmi
I prefer not to say
ESO Staff

After starting an unsuccessful business in college, Nate quickly realized he needed to learn how to sell. After graduating he was hired as the first sales rep hired at Black Duck Software ahead of the company’s turnaround – culminating in a $565M acquisition. In 2019 he enrolled in Babson’s MBA program. With a rich network of early-stage startups Nate leveraged his experience to help founders optimize their growth strategies. This ultimately led to his founding of Bluebird Analytics – a revenue consulting firm that offers an array of services that help executives at high-growth companies optimize their demand and revenue generation engines. Nate also lead sales and business development at FPS – a high-growth BPO and CX Tech Services firm helping companies design, deploy and execute high-performing customer engagement programs.

Landon
Marchant
They/Them
Other

While I am currently responsible for the Williams College entrepreneurship program, my skillset includes federal and grassroots LGBTQ advocacy, peer-reviewed research and publication, and skilled trades. I am also a painter.

Makayla-Courtney
McGeeney
She/Her
Other

Makayla-Courtney McGeeney is a Freelance Marketing Consultant, Journalist, and Photographer who has contributed to print and digital publications throughout New England since 2015.

Chelsea
Gaia
She/Her
Founder, Other

Chelsea Gaia (she/her) is the founder of Green Bird & Co., a PR & Business Strategy Firm specializing in branding, brand recovery, and small business growth. For over 20 years Chelsea utilized and honed her passion for understanding the keen and specific desires of generational markets by utilizing marketing analytics, AI, and a keen intuition from an unmatched background in PR, business, and politics.
Gaia operates each venture with a deep value for community, an inherent spirit of entrepreneurship, and her keen marketing savvy. Prior to arriving in MA, Gaia spent 18 years revitalizing the small business district on Main Street in her hometown of Vancouver, WA.

Susanna
Sharpe
She/Her
Founder

Co-Founder and Creative Director at Mungy, a creative design studio. I solve business challenges through design, blending best practices with customer expectations. Beyond work, I’m a creative explorer—painting murals, gardening, cooking, and adventuring with my kids.

Shain
Khoja
She/Her
Founder

Shain Khoja is a global change maker and a serial entrepreneur. Graduated as a Physical Therapist, spent 10 years owner operating clinics across four continents. In 2003 she combined health & technology to deliver telemedicine, Mpaisa, eLearning in Afghanistan (Roshan). Shain put a team together Thriving.ai, to tackle the fragmented & siloed care system using data & design to promote healthy aging.

Malcolm
Smith
He/Him
Founder

Malcolm Smith has been a leader in energy software for over thirty years and currently brings cheaper and cleaner energy to small-medium businesses as CEO of Sustaine, Inc.

Amir
Khaleghi
He/Him
Founder

Amir Khaleghi is co-founder and CEO of Curbhub, a boston-based transportation tech company. He has over 16 years of experience in various supply chain and logistics roles and before Curbhub led operations and strategic finance teams at Wayfair.

Connor
MacFarlane
He/Him
Founder

MacFarlane Medical is working to simplify insulin delivery for people whose lives are being unnecessarily burdened by the difficulties of diabetes management. Our product bridges the gap between the two current treatment methods (multiple daily injections and pumping) by combining the best aspects of each and removing their drawbacks. Founder Connor MacFarlane has been a type one diabetic for over 5 years and has a B.S. in chemical engineering from UMass Amherst.

Emily
Melzer
She/Her
Founder

Emily Melzer, Ph.D. became excited about microbiology when she was introduced to sourdough starter as a kid. Since then, she’s been interested in applying knowledge of microbial behavior to solving real-world problems (bread-related and otherwise). Melzer is the CEO and Co-founder of Latde Diagnostics, a startup company spun out of UMass Amherst. Latde is developing a diagnostic test that rapidly guides physicians towards effective, responsible antibiotic treatment. With too many medical solutions out of reach for most of the world’s population, Latde is determined to create a test that can be used anywhere in the world, including disadvantaged communities. Making rapid diagnostics accessible to everyone could save and improve lives, mitigate the antibiotic resistance crisis and break down health inequity barriers.

Denisa
Kim
Founder

Despite having a strong STEM Background- I could not get to the bottom of my own women’s health issues that encompassed chronic conditions with my partner. It was frustrating, pathetic, and substantially decreased quality of life.

Initially, I thought my health problems were proprietary to me- until I stumbled upon tens of thousands of other women in FaceBook support groups with common vaginal health concerns that were stuck in a viscous cycle of prevalence, recurrence, and costly medical bills.

Thus, I founded Anteros Bio aka the first partner sexual health kit. We’re on a mission to connect reproductive microbiomes and so much more that has been under-researched and certainly underfunded in the FemTech space; Because women’s health care isn’t a “niche”, it’s just healthcare.

Charley
Stevenson
He/Him
Founder

Charley Stevenson, LFA, LEED AP, is Integrated Eco Strategy (IES) Consulting Principal and CEO of Red2Green Materials Management Software. Charley Stevenson’s interest in sustainable design began in the early 1990s when he graduated from Williams College with a concentration in Environmental Studies. He received his MS in Natural Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2002. Since then, he has worked on sustainable projects in a variety of capacities and, as a volunteer, has been active in a range of land conservation and renewable energy projects.

Govind
Srimathveeravalli
He/Him
Founder

I am a medical device evangelist who strongly believes that a short intervention and a localized treatment would provide the same outcomes as systemic medicine without the broad side effects.

Daniel
Zube
He/Him
Founder

I am a mechanical engineer with over 14 years of experience across a variety of industries including: printing press equipment, clean-burning biomass cookstoves for use in the developing world, ultra-high-efficiency air conditioners, industrial rubber hoses and belts, and high-precision electro-mechanical devices for semiconductor manufacturing.

Elizabeth
Nielsen
She/Her
ESO Staff

Elizabeth is an ordained Presbyterian minister who enjoys her service as a member of the Lever Board. She is passionate about people finding their gifts and exercising them for the good of human communities. She is most excited about the round tables because of the way entrepreneurs find encouragement and community with their peers.

Chris
Kreis
He/Him
Founder

Founder and CEO of ASP.MD Inc, provider of web based software and services for outpatient physicians.

Reem
Yared
Founder

I founded HelpAroundTown in 2010 as a social impact solution to the problem of youth unemployment. As a community marketplace for help, it connects people who need a helping hand around the house or yard with neighbors available to help. As the economy improved, it evolved into a key resource for Seniors seeking occasional help to Age in Place, in their homes.
By facilitating community-based multi-generational connections, we also reduce isolation and loneliness for Seniors, which led HelpAroundTown to win the Optimal Aging Award from MIT AgeLab, GE HealthCare and the Governor’s Council to Address Aging in MA.
Before HelpAroundTown, I worked with 9 other start-ups as a product strategy consultant.

Anujan
Ramesh
Founder

I am Anujan Ramesh, CEO and Co-founder of Quaesar Biosciences , where we are developing a non invasive screening test to detect ovarian cancer. I am originally from a beautiful costal city in India called Chennai. I moved to the US to pursue my Phd in Biomedical Engineering , following which , I am currently pursuing my post doctoral studies in Harvard.

Talal
Ali Ahmad
He/Him
Founder

I am a dynamic entrepreneur and seasoned technology executive with a strong track record of driving successful businesses that disrupt industries. With a focus on creating and implementing scalable technology infrastructures, I have consistently delivered outstanding results from concept to commercialization.

Andrew
Curran
He/Him
Founder

Bio coming soon!

Orion
Wilmerding
He/Him
Founder

Founder of BurnCam Medical. From a background in biomedical devices and software security, I jumped feet first into entrepreneurship going full time on my passion project in mid 2022.

Emily
Molstad
She/Her
Founder

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.

Cheryl
Shao
She/Her
Founder

The founder and CEO, Dr. Cheryl Shao graduated from NYU College of Dentistry in May of 2019. She has had orthodontic research experience at the NYU College of Dentistry and the Consortium for Translational Orthodontic Research (CTOR). Cheryl came up with the idea for Sympal during dental school due to her own personal orthodontic journey. After graduating from dental school, Cheryl saw a need for her product amongst her patients. Her passion combined with her purpose of improving the standard of care in orthodontics led her to found Sympal to bring her vision to life.

Kaitlyn
Pierce
She/Her
Founder, Other

I’m an entrepreneur from the Berkshires looking to modernize the medical coding industry through AI. Inspired by my mother’s experiences as a coder, I aim to develop solutions that automate redundant processes and reduce errors. With a technical background and passion for healthcare innovation, I want to leverage cutting-edge technology to improve this $16B market. I’d love the MFN community’s help connecting me to healthcare and tech experts who can provide insights on bringing my vision to life. Let’s work together to enhance medical coding through meaningful innovation!

Joseph
Rosenbaum
He/Him
Founder

I am the dedicated CEO of Synaptic Labs, a company focused on making AI technologies accessible, equitable, and ethically responsible. With expertise in prompt engineering and AI education, I guide businesses to integrate AI responsibly, always prioritizing safety and alignment. I am captivated by the psychology of motivation, neuroscience, education, and AI ethics, aiming to spread empathy and joy through my work. My ultimate goal is to generate enough revenue through Synaptic Labs to fund further AI safety research. I believe in using AI as a powerful tool for positive change, continuously learning and working to improve the lives of those around me, always striving to leave the world a better place than I found it.

Rob
Whitten
He/Him
Founder

I’m a food and robot nerd with a successful track record of bringing new products to life. My goal is combine those passions into a solution that makes drive thru an enjoyable and hyper convenient experience.

Jesse
Silverberg
He/Him
Founder

Jesse has more than fifteen years of experience in physics research and technology development. With a background in science, writing, and public speaking, Jesse now leads Multiscale Systems toward sustainable commercial success.

* Postdoc at Harvard University and Harvard Medical School’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering as an NIH Fellow
* PhD/MS in Physics, Cornell University as an NSF GRFP Fellow
* BS in Physics; BS in Mathematics; BS in Philosophy, Northeastern University with Matthews and IGERT Fellowships

He’s presented research at 40+ locations on 3 continents, including TEDx, and has contributed to more than 35 additional conferences. Jesse’s more than 25 peer-reviewed publications can be found in Science, Nature Materials, PNAS, and more.

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