Building Opportunities for Original and Sustainable Thinking


What: BOOST is a project of the Delta Emerging Leaders, an associate board of Delta Institute that empowers young leaders to advance innovation and sustainability in the Midwest.

When: Tuesday, November 13, 2018 from 7:00-10:00pm

Where: Chop Shop, 2033 W North Ave, Chicago, IL

Who: Chicago’s rising talent, working together to create a greener, healthier Midwest for today and tomorrow.

Purchase your tickets or event sponsorship today!

BOOST is a live, crowd-funded pitchfest in support of solving environmental challenges in Chicago and around the Midwest. It is an initiative of the Delta Emerging Leaders, an associate board of Delta Institute, that empowers young leaders to advance innovation and sustainability in the Midwest. Social entrepreneurs with unique and innovative projects pitch their concepts to a live audience at BOOST. Audience members vote with their ticket contributions to determine the winner who will receive a BOOST grant. Grant funds are raised by the Delta Emerging Leaders through sponsorship and ticket sales. Cumulatively, BOOST has provided $45,000 to 12 innovative projects in Chicago over the past six 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.


Sponsorship opportunities are available to support innovative emerging entrepreneurs focused on solving environmental challenges in the Midwest. Financial donations and in-kind goods and services are eligible to receive the following recognition (benefits below are cumulative). Sponsorship levels include:

Blue: $500 Sponsorship:

  • Stage mention at event - acknowledged in front of 250 environmentally-minded attendees
  • Social media sponsor feature post
  • Two BOOST Tickets

Green: $1000 Sponsorship: Includes all Blue-level recognitions, and...

  • Delta Institute newsletter mention – Over 4,000 subscribers
  • Logo featured on event collateral - viewed by 250 environmentally-minded attendees
  • Two additional drink tickets per guest (four total)

Gold: $1500 Sponsorship: Includes all Green-level recognitions, and...

  • Optional booth and/or banner placement at the event
  • Featured Sponsor interview posted on the Delta Institute blog
  • Three additional BOOST tickets (Five total)

Platinum: $3000 Sponsorship: Includes all Gold-level recognitions, and...

  • Naming rights for one of the 2018 BOOST Awards
  • BOOST website logo placement for full year
  • Optional stage time at the event – share your organization’s story with 250 attendees

Download the sponsorship pledge form.

Past BOOST Finalists

2017 BOOST Finalists:

2016 BOOST Finalists:

2015 BOOST Finalists:

2014 BOOST Finalists:

See what our 2014 winners have been up to on our blog.  

 2013 BOOST Finalists:

2012 BOOST Finalists:

  • Todd Jones — Every Last Morsel*
  • Seneca Kern — WeFarm*
  • Vanessa Smith — Health as Wealth
  • Amanda Medress — Storybooks for Sustainability
  • John Edel — The Plant

*BOOST Grant Winners

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