2022 Barry M. Portnoy Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards Benefit

Royal Sonesta Boston
Tuesday, March 8, 2022, 6:00 PM


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Once a year, the Barry M. Portnoy Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards Benefit invites us to marvel at the ingenuity, bravery and grit of the immigrant entrepreneurs who call Massachusetts home. Immigrants’ extraordinary contributions during the COVID-19 crisis have made recognizing their work more essential than ever. Join us!

Who are the honorees?

Outstanding Neighborhood Business:
Jitka Borowick

Founder of Nové Yoga and cleaning company Cleangreen, Czech American immigrant and advocate for eco-friendly practices in the cleaning industry

Outstanding Business Growth:
Roger Magalhaes

Founder of window treatment company Shades in Place, Brazilian American immigrant and job creator who worked his way up from truck driver to small business owner

Outstanding High-Tech Business:
Chai Ling

Founder of educational technology company Jenzabar and not-for-profit All Girls Allowed, Chinese American immigrant and former student leader of the 1989 Tiananmen Square Protests

Outstanding Life Science Business:
Avak Kahvejian

Founder of cellular therapy company Rubius, partner at Flagship Pioneering, Canadian American immigrant and life sciences innovator

How can I support or attend the awards?

Join the sponsors in the sidebar or buy a ticket before they sell out! For sponsorship and ticket information, click here. All levels of support are appreciated and all proceeds go to The Immigrant Learning Center’s mission of giving immigrants a voice.

What is the event schedule?

6:00 PM – A reception will be held for honorees and guests. Cocktails will be served.
7:00 PM – A plated dinner will be served.
8:00 PM – Honorees will be recognized in an awards ceremony.

What are the COVID-19 safety protocols?

To ensure the safety of guests, all attendees will be required to show proof of vaccination and to wear masks while not eating or drinking. Thank you for helping us all stay healthy!

Who was Barry M. Portnoy?

Barry M. Portnoy was the founder of The RMR Group, an alternative asset management company, and a founding board member of The Immigrant Learning Center. As a consummate entrepreneur, he built businesses in multiple industries, employed thousands and contributed mightily to local economies. His steadfast support of The ILC gave thousands of immigrants a voice. Because of his unwavering belief in immigrants and the transformational impact of entrepreneurship, The ILC Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards were renamed after his death in 2018.

Still have questions?

Contact The ILC’s Director of Development Mark Correia at mcorreia@ilctr.org.

Previous Nominees and Winners:

Two hundred and sixty-seven Massachusetts business owners and innovators from 68 countries have been nominated and recognized for their outstanding accomplishments in the eight years of the Barry M. Portnoy Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards. Meet them here.

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