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Mark your calendar for BOOST 2019 on Tuesday, November 12!


BOOST is a live, crowd-funded pitchfest in support of solving environmental challenges in Chicago and around the Midwest. Hosted by the Delta Emerging Leaders, the associate board of Delta Institute, BOOST brings together social entrepreneurs with unique and innovative projects to pitch their concepts to a live audience. Audience members vote with their ticket contributions to determine the winner who will receive the $5,000 BOOST grant, which was awarded to KitcheNet in 2018. Grant funds are raised by the Delta Emerging Leaders through sponsorship and ticket sales.

Date: Tuesday, November 12

Time: 6:00-9:00pm

Location: Chop Shop in Wicker Park, 2033 W North Ave.

Sponsorship opportunities are available (and selling out!), please contact Patrick Murphy at 312-651-4356 or at to learn more.

Cumulatively, BOOST has provided $50,000 to 13 innovative projects in Chicago over the past seven years. This community-driven approach to financing social ventures overcomes a funding barrier for local entrepreneurs and engages hundreds of people to directly invest in the future of Chicago.

Tickets and Sponsorships Available!



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2012 BOOST Finalists:

  • Every Last Morsel*
  • WeFarm*
  • Health as Wealth
  • Storybooks for Sustainability
  • The Plant

*BOOST Grant Winners

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