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Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards Dinner
Honoring immigrant entrepreneurs in Massachusetts

Royal Sonesta Hotel, Cambridge, MA
Thursday, May 4, 2017, 6:00 p.m.

The 2017 ILC Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards Dinner will honor outstanding Massachusetts immigrant entrepreneurs in four categories: business growth, neighborhood business, high-tech business and life science business. The evening will commence with a networking reception, followed by dinner and an awards ceremony with special guest speaker Jeff Bussgang, general partner at Flybridge Capital.

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Schedule of Events

6:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception
7:00 p.m. Dinner
8:00 p.m. Awards Ceremony

Nominations

74-awards3Nominations are now being accepted in all four categories until March 10, 2017. Anyone can nominate, and self-nominations are encouraged.

Business Growth nominations

Neighborhood Business nominations

High-Tech Business nominations

Life Science Business nominations

 

Judging

The Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards selection committee will review nominations and select one winner in each category. The selection committee members are:

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Business Growth

  • Debi Kleiman,  Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship, Babson College
  • Denzil Mohammed, Public Education Institute at The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc.
  • David Parker, Entrepreneurship for All
  • Jose Luis Rojas Villarreal, Boston Private Bank

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Neighborhood Business

  • Leandro Freire, Accion East
  • Denzil Mohammed, Public Education Institute at The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc.
  • Theresa Park, City of Lawrence
  • Saritin Rizzuto, Metro Credit Union

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High-Tech Business

  • Doug Banks, Boston Business Journal
  • Abi Barrow, Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center
  • Kathleen Hagan, Hagan and Company
  • Denzil Mohammed, Public Education Institute at The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc.
  • Julianne Zimmerman, Reinventure Capital

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Life Science Business

  • Lauren Celano, Propel Careers
  • Alison Farquhar, GTL Coaching & Consulting, LLC
  • Bonnie Fendrock, Cyta Therapeutics, Inc. LLC
  • Frank Hoy, Collaborative for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Denzil Mohammed, Public Education Institute at The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc.

 

Questions?

For more details, view our Frequently Asked Questions, the Awards Dinner brochure or Contact info@ilctr.org.

 

Previous Nominees and Winners

One hundred fifty seven Massachusetts business owners and innovators from 55 countries have been nominated and recognized for their outstanding accomplishments in the five years of The ILC Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, the only one of its kind in New England.

Growth Nominees for The ILC Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

Business Growth

  • Fitzroy Alexander, Traditional Breads Inc., Lynn (2014 WINNER)
  • Herby Duverné, Taino Consulting Group, Boston (2016 WINNER)
  • Wendy Estrella, Estrella Law Firm, Lawrence (2016)
  • Eduardo & German Fernandez, Brothers Market, Inc., Dorchester (2016)
  • Francisco Fernandez, Happy Supermarket, Dorchester (2016)
  • Rafael Guzman, RM Technologies, Inc., Lawrence (2013 WINNER)
  • Venkat Kolluri, Chitika Inc./Cidewalk, Westborough (2015)
  • Marc-Andre Lebel, FRX Polymers, Inc., Chelmsford (2016)
  • Christine Lin, The Cambridge Institute of International Education, Waltham (2014)

Growth Nominees for The ILC Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

  • Charbel Najem, Capstone General Contracting, Worcester (2014)
  • Ravi Meruva, IconSoft, Burlington (2015)
  • Lisandra Mones, Glitterati Style, Salem (2013)
  • Larry O’Toole, Gentle Giant Moving Company, Somerville (2016)
  • Hitendra Patel, IXL Center, Cambridge (2016)
  • Dmitriy Peregudov, GiftBasketsOverseas.com, Arlington (2014)
  • Jose de la Rosa, Guardian Healthcare, Jamaica Plain (2014, 2016)
  • Tony Salem, Sea-Dar Construction, Boston (2016)
  • Ashish Sangani, GIRI Hotels, Quincy (2012)
  • Julia Silverio, Silverio Insurance, Lawrence (2012, WINNER)
  • Helene and Thomas Stohr, swissbakers, Allston and Reading (2015 WINNER)
  • Sushil Tuli, Leader Bank, N.A, Arlington (2012)
  • Paolo Volpati-Kedra, Sauces ‘n Love, Inc., Lynn (2013, 2015)

 

Neighborhood Business

  • Rosemary Agbede, Unique You Salon, Lowell (2013)

Neighborhood nominees for The ILC Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year Award

  • Elias Audy, Cypress Automart, Brookline (2016)
  • Denise and Sambath Ban, Simply Khmer Restaurant, Lowell  (2014)
  • Victor Barros, Systemize Networks, Stoughton  (2014)
  • Arturo Barroso, Boston Shoe Service, Boston  (2014)
  • Edan Barshan, Universal Dental Plan, Boston  (2014)
  • Umesh Bhuju, Zumi’s Espresso and Ice Cream, Ipswich (2012, 2013)
  • Alberto Calvo, Stop & Compare Supermarkets, Chelsea (2014, 2015)
  • Angelica & Diana Cardona, Chocolafee, Revere (2016)
  • Martin Carrera, La Veracruzana, Amherst and Northampton (2015)
  • Eva and Nick Chau, Tai Tung Pharmacy, Boston (2016)
  • Henry Chung, Pho Saigon, Lee (2012)
  • Tom Dang, Pho Da Lat Restaurant, Lowell (2013)
  • Javier Diaz, Rincon Caribeno Restaurant, Hyde Park (2014, 2015)
  • Larry Dossantos, 912 Auto, Dorchester (2012 WINNER)

Neighborhood nominees for The ILC Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year Award

  • Mai Du, Wah Lum Kung Fu & Tai Chi Academy, Malden (2016)
  • Calvin Duong, New Century Auto Collision and Service Center, Lowell (2013)
  • Ahmed Egal, Car Service Boston, Boston (2015)
  • Ruth Francis, P&R Ice Cream and Restaurant, Mattapan (2015)
  • Julia Frenkle, Opus Design LLC, Brighton (2016)
  • Jose Antonio Guerrero, Cafe Azteca, Lawrence (2014)
  • Suraj Gurung, Asian Star Markets LLC, West Springfield (2016)
  • Andres Gutierrez, JP’s Massage Therapy Center, Jamaica Plain (2015)
  • Dheyaa Habeed, Baghdad Bakery and Market, West Springfield (2016)
  • Eli Hsu, Tepthida Khmer, Lowell (2012)
  • Janet Hung and Delia Vildoso, Tiny World Child Care Inc., Brookline (2014)
  • Juan Ingles, Imigrante Latino America Services, Chelsea (2013)
  • Muhmud Jafri, Dover Rug & Home, Natick (2013 WINNER)

Neighborhood Nominees for The ILC Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

  • Marie Claire Jean-Guillaume, La Ronde de Marie Claire Early Learning Center, Hyde Park (2013)
  • Sandra Katz-Deleon, Center For Bilingual Services, Lawrence
  • Nai Nan Ko, Ko Automotive Group, Wellesley (2014)
  • Fatima Langa, Muqueca Restaurant, Cambridge (2016)
  • Hong Liu, A Friendly Inn at Harvard, Cambridge (2015)
  • Francisco Lora, Tropicana Market, Salem (2013)
  • Gerardo Loza and Hilda Torres, My Little Best Friends Early Learning Center, Malden (2016 WINNERS)
  • Roger Magalhaes, Shades in Place, Franklin (2012)
  • George V. Markos, Brother’s Deli, Lynn (2015)
  • Danaris Mazara, Sweet Grace Heavenly Cakes, Lawrence (2016)
  • Ricardo Miranda, Miranda Auto Body, Springfield  (2014)
  • Moe Mobasherat, Omnidentix & Associates, Medford (2016)
  • Tarun & Simi Narula, Spice Root Indian Restaurant, Williamstown (2012)
  • Anthony O. N. Ngethe, Nursecare Transportation, Methuen (2015)

Neighborhood Nominees for The ILC Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

  • Ky Nguyen, Kingston Station, Boston (2015)
  • Phong Nguyen, Yoki Restaurant, Medford (2014)
  • Elizabeth Nolberto, Ellie’s CPR and First Aid Training, Lawrence (2016)
  • Jignesh Patel, Jay Square, Beverly (2016)
  • Colette Phillips, Colette Phillips Communications, Boston (2016)
  • Damaris Pimentel, ULTRA Beauty Salon, Jamaica Plain (2013, 2015 WINNER)
  • Roger Samkhon Pin and Soben Pin, KhmerPost USA, Lowell  (2014)
  • Antonio Rodrigues, TNT Cleaning Services Inc., Assonet (2016)
  • Elizabeth Rodriguez and Gladys Ruiz, Little Children Schoolhouse, Brookline (2015)

Neighborhood nominees for The ILC Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year Award

  • Maria Rosa, Yeska Cakes, Lawrence (2013)
  • Nabil and Joseph Sater, The Middle East & ZuZu, Cambridge (2014)
  • Magbe Savane, Makomas LLC, Revere (2016)
  • Manuel Silva, Silva’s Mini-Market, Lowell (2013)
  • Marc Silva, Somerville Sustainable Cleaning, Cambridge (2014)
  • Neily Soto, Soto Real Estate Services, Lawrence (2012)
  • Joe de Souza, Modelos Market and Cafe, Somerville (2016)
  • Helene and Thomas Stohr, swissbakers, Reading (2013)
  • Abrar Ali Syed, Pine Banks Animal Hospital, Malden (2012)
  • Sabrina Tan and Chin Lee, Flavours of Malaysia, Pittsfield (2014)
  • Rosa and Nisaury Tejeda and Victoria Amador, Tremendous Maid LLC, Jamaica Plain (2014 WINNER)
  • Malee Thai, Pailin Market, Lowell (2012)
  • Tran Family, My Xuyen Corporation (2012)

Neighborhood nominees for The ILC Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year Award

  • Douglas Tran, All Seasons Table, LLC, Malden (2013, 2016)
  • Long Tran, Viet Thai Restaurant, Lowell (2012)
  • Angel Valdivia, Angel’s Painting, Inc., Framingham (2013)
  • Carlos Vargas, Vargas & Vargas Insurance, Dorchester and Stoughton (2015)
  • Tania Vega and Jose Roberto Vega, River Grille, Hyde Park (2015)
  • Patria Veras Valenzuela, Sonia’s Bridal, Jamaica Plain (2013)
  • Yolanda Villamil, Alpha Travel Agency, Worcester (2015)
  • Weidong Wang, Baba Sushi and Chuan Sushi Restaurants, Worcester (2014)
  • Angela Westen, Angela Westen Insurance Agency, Lowell (2013, 2016)

 

High-Tech Business

  • Vikram Aggarwal, EnergySage, Cambridge (2014)

High-Tech nominees for The ILC Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year Award

  • Edison Almeida, eCurv Inc., Cambridge (2016)
  • Rajini Anachi, mZeal Communications, Littleton (2016)
  • Ash Ashutosh, Actifio, Inc., Waltham (2013)
  • Mahmud Awan, Tech Man International LLC, Charlton City (2015)
  • Himanshu Bhatnagar, HB Software Solutions, Lowell (2013)
  • Vladimir Bulovic, QD Vision, Lexington (2016)
  • Dries Buytaert, Acquia, Burlington (2015 WINNER)
  • Kris Canekeratne, Virtusa Coroporation, Westborough (2012)
  • Semyon Dukach, SMTP, Inc., Cambridge (2015)
  • Joshua Feast, Cogito Corporation, Boston (2015)
  • Ashifi Gogo, Sproxil, Inc., Cambridge (2013, 2014)
  • Bettina Hein, Pixability, Boston (2014 )
  • Fauzia Khan, and Mansoor Khan, Alere Analytics, Lowell (2014 WINNER)
  • Mihael Mikek, Celtra, Inc., Boston (2016 WINNER)

High-Tech nominees for The ILC Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year Award

  • Gaugarin Oliver, RedEgg Solutions, Waltham (2012)
  • Vasu Ram, Content Raven, Marlborough (2015)
  • Rama Ramakrishnan, CQuotient, Cambridge (2015)
  • Markus Rex, ownCloud, Lexington (2016)
  • Pedro Santos, OsComp Systems, Somerville (2014)
  • Swapnil Shah, FirstFuel Software, Lexington (2014)
  • Omri Shor, Medisafe, Boston (2016)
  • Marin Solja?i?, WiTricity Corporation, Watertown (2013)
  • Dinesh Wadhwani, ThinkLite LLC, Natick (2015)
  • Anita Worden, Solectria – A Yaskawa Company, Lawrence (2015)
  • Xavier Xicay, Tuatara Corp., Boston (2014)

 

Life Science nominees for The ILC Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Life Science Business

  • Sudhir Agrawal, Idera Pharmaceuticals, Cambridge (2016)
  • PJ Anand, Alcyone Lifesciences, Lowell (2016)
  • Garo Armen, Agenus, Inc., Lexington(2016 WINNER)
  • Bela Asztalos, PhD, Boston Heart Diagnostics Corporation, Framingham (2014, 2015)
  • Pravin Chaturvedi, PhD, IndUS Pharmaceuticals, Woburn (2014)
  • Laxman Desai, Toxikon Corporation, Bedford (2015 WINNER)
  • Magdalena Leszczyniecka, STC Biologics, Cambridge (2106)
  • Chiang J. Li, Boston Biomedical, Inc., Cambridge (2013 WINNER)
  • Vincent Linder, Claros Diagnostics, Woburn (2012)
  • Davide Marini, Firefly BioWorks, Inc., Cambridge (2014)
  • Krishna Menon, Cellceutix Corporation, Beverly (2015)
  • Bernat Olle, Vedanta Biosciences, Inc., Cambridge (2016)
  • Elisabet de los Pinos, Aura Biosciences, Cambridge (2016)
  • Josef von Rickenbach, PAREXEL International Corp., Waltham (2014 WINNER)

Life Science nominees for The ILC Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year Award

  • Derrick J. Rossi, Moderna Therapeutics, Cambridge (2015)
  • Amarpreet Singh Sawhney, Ocular Therapeutix, Inc., Bedford (2012 WINNER)
  • Oliver Yu, Conagen, Bedford (2016)
  • Andrey Zarur, Greenlight Biosciences, Medford (2014)
  • Vincent W. Coljee, Excelimmune, Inc., Woburn (2012)
  • Yang Zhao, Memsic, Inc., Andover (2012, 2013)

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