Local Entrepreneurs From Afar Sought for Honors

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The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. (ILC) seeks outstanding immigrant entrepreneurs to be honored at the seventh annual Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards Dinner on Thursday, May 3, 2018, at the Royal Sonesta Boston in Cambridge, Mass.

The only one if its kind in New England, these awards are a special opportunity for Massachusetts to showcase the entrepreneurial talent of immigrants who are drawn here. These entrepreneurs enhance Massachusetts’ neighborhoods, grow the economy and cement the commonwealth’s reputation as an innovation hub.  The Immigrant Learning Center invites everyone to take a stand for welcoming the best talent in the world by participating in The 2018 ILC Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards.

Jeff Bussgang, general partner and co-founder at Flybridge Capital Partners, commented on the event, “Every year, the community does a terrific job nominating outstanding, well-deserving entrepreneurs for these awards. I am inspired by how supportive and welcoming our innovation ecosystem has become for immigrant entrepreneurs.”

Nominations are being accepted now through March 9, 2018, for outstanding immigrant business founders in four categories: business growth, neighborhood business, high-tech business and life science business. Self-nominations are encouraged. Both the winner and their nominator in each category will be offered a free ticket to the Awards Dinner. Nomination forms as well as sponsorship and ticket information can be found on The Immigrant Learning Center’s website at http://www.ilctr.org.

“These entrepreneurs answer the question, ‘Why do we invite people from all these countries to live here?’” said ILC Founder and CEO Diane Portnoy. “The Awards Dinner is a truly, uniquely American experience. Every year, I am inspired by the stories of the nominees and winners from all corners of the world who are making the American Dream their own.”

Last year’s award winners were: Jose de la Rosa of Guardian Healthcare in Boston for business growth, Josefina Luna of CEROcoop in Boston for neighborhood business, Sandro Catanzaro of DataXu in Boston for high-tech business and Johannes Fruehauf of BioLabs in Cambridge for life science business.




The ILC Immigrant Entrepreneur Award selection committee will review nominations and select one winner in each category. For more information, visit the website http://www.ilctr.org.