2022 Barry M. Portnoy Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards Benefit

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

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. Thank you to everyone who supported the 2022 Benefit and made it a success.

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 and Trading Up Consulting, Brazilian American immigrant and job creator who worked his way up from truck driver to small business owner

Outstanding High-Tech Business:
Ling Chai Maginn

Ling Chai Maginn

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

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