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Nominations for mentoring awards announced

Nominations of individuals who support and guide new generations of entrepreneurs are being accepted by the MIT Sloan School of Management for the 2007 Third Annual Adolf F. Monosson Prize for Entrepreneurship Mentoring.

Created to honor the memory of MIT graduate Adolf "Sonny" F. Monosson, Class of 1948, the award recognizes entrepreneurship mentors who have shown a deep commitment to investing time, energy and/or capital to help new generations of business pioneers. Previous winners are Aaron Kleiner and Joseph Hadzima, serial entrepreneurs and supporters, stimulators and mentors of entrepreneurial firms over decades.

The award, established and funded by Bill Grinker (S.B. 1956) and Ilene Grinker, continues Monosson's mission of providing advice and counsel to would-be entrepreneurs on the nature, challenges and solutions related to creating, growing and developing entrepreneurial enterprises. Monosson founded more than 10 businesses in the finance, publishing, computer and leasing industries, and he invested time and financial support in many other startup enterprises.

Professor Edward B. Roberts, the David Sarnoff Professor of Management of Technology at MIT Sloan and founder and chair of the MIT Entrepreneurship Center, heads the committee that administers the prize.

Deadline for receipt of nominations is March 15. The winner will be honored at a reception in the spring. Nominations should be sent to Roberts at MIT E52-535, 50 Memorial Drive, Cambridge MA 02142, or to

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on March 14, 2007 (download PDF).

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