Annual Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards

Friday, January 26, 2018 8:00 AM - Friday, March 9, 2018 11:00 PM
Event Details

The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. (ILC) is seeking nominations for the seventh annual Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards to be held on May 3, 2018, at the Royal Sonesta Boston. The Awards honor immigrants who founded businesses in Massachusetts in four categories: Business Growth, Neighborhood Business, High-Tech Business and Life Science Business. This event is an opportunity for Massachusetts’ business leaders and innovators to publicly recognize the significant contributions of immigrant entrepreneurs in the commonwealth.

Nominations are being accepted now through March 9, 2018, and self-nominations are encouraged. All nominees will be recognized on The ILC website, in press releases and at the Awards Dinner. A panel of experts will judge the nominations and select winners for each category. Both the winner and nominator in each category will be offered a free ticket to the Awards Dinner on May 3.

Qualifications:
For all award categories, nominees must be a foreign-born founder of a business (for-profit corporation, partnership or proprietorship, not franchise or subsidiary) headquartered in Massachusetts and founded in 2014 or earlier.

To qualify for the outstanding Neighborhood Business award, the nominee must also:

  • Be actively involved in a senior management position or as a board member of said business.
  • Have distinguished themselves through the impact they and their business have on the neighborhood. This can include civic leadership, job creation, employee relations, social responsibility and more.

To qualify for outstanding Business Growth, the nominee must also:

  • Be actively involved in a senior management position or as a board member of said business.
  • Business must be profitable and have achieved a minimum of $2 million in gross revenue in calendar year 2017.
  • Business must employ at least 10 full-time-equivalent employees in Massachusetts and show strong employment growth.

To qualify for the outstanding Life Science or High-Tech business award, the business must also:

  • Be in a life science or high-tech industry.
  • Have achieved a minimum of $2 million in gross revenue in calendar year 2017 or have received a minimum of $2 million in outside investment in the past five years.
  • Employ at least 10 full-time-equivalent employees in Massachusetts.

Learn more and nominate here.

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