STARTUP TOOLS

We’ve created a list of startup tools and resources to help members navigate the Massachusetts startup ecosystem and scale their companies.

 

Explore resources relating to project management, marketing, customer support, and more. We’re constantly curating and updating this list, so please contact us if you think there’s something we should add to this page.

MFN Tools

Fundraising

View our curated list of fundraising tools and resources.

Contact MFN

Set up a time to talk to a team member to see how MFN can help you grow your business!

MFN Journal

A growing collection of content from contributors all over the state that covers how-tos, viewpoints, and the nuances of the founder experience.

Learn about entrepreneur support resources in MA and in your region.

Massachusetts Tools

Massachusetts Technology Collaborative

MassTech’s resources for startup founders.

MA Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development business grants and programs

A list of loan, grant, venture, and other capital programs in MA.

MassVentures

SBIR

America’s Seed Fund, which includes tutorials and resources and counts multiple different participating agencies. Potential applicants should to go to their target agency’s specific site e.g. “Navy SBIR” or “NHLBI SBIR.”

Built in Boston

A list of 500+ startup resources based in Boston.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Office of Innovation

Innovation and entrepreneurship resources at MIT. 

Massachusetts Clean Energy Center

Funds climate solution innovation to meet emission reduction goals while growing the state’s clean energy economy.

Startup Basics

Y Combinator  For more than a decade, Y-combinator has developed and shared particularly useful content supporting early-stage startups. They developed the “SAFE”, the simple agreement for future equity that can substitute for convertible notes. In our experience, east coast investors prefer convertible notes to SAFEs, and most prefer purchasing preferred stock in a priced round.

Y Combinator’s Startup School Offers a free online program for founders, including courses, lectures, and resources to help startups succeed.

AngelList A platform for startups to connect with investors, find job candidates, and discover relevant resources.

Crunchbase A comprehensive database of startup and investor information, including funding rounds, acquisitions, and industry trends.

Lean Startup Offers resources, case studies, and methodologies based on Eric Ries’ book, “The Lean Startup,” which emphasizes building and iterating products rapidly to meet customer needs.

First Round Review A collection of articles and interviews with successful entrepreneurs, investors, and industry experts, covering a wide range of topics relevant to startups.

Founder Institute A global startup accelerator and founder training program, offering resources, events, and mentorship for early-stage founders.

Pillar VC Founder Playlist Templates, how-tos, software, and books, with specific resources for founders in the biotech, tech, and crypto industries.

VentureBeat A leading source for news, analysis, and events related to technology and startups.

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!