BOOST

Building Opportunities for Original and Sustainable Thinking

ABOUT BOOST

BOOST is a live, crowd-funded pitch fest in support of energy, ecosystem, and waste innovations in Chicago.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Social Entrepreneurs with unique and innovative projects apply to pitch their concepts to a live audience at the BOOST event. Audience members vote with their ticket contributions to determine the winning innovators. Winners split the BOOST grant - funds raised by the Delta Emerging Leaders - as well as the night's ticket sales to fund their business projects. Last year, BOOST grants totaled roughly $3,000 to each of the two winners.

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. Past winners have used BOOST funds to bring a waste compost club and backyard farming business to scale.

BOOST 2015

Applications for the BOOST 2015 have officially launched!  Download the application here.

We are looking for new partnerships to expand our capacity and increase the BOOST Fund for 2015's winning social ventures. All contributions are tax deductible and go directly to the winning social entrepreneur(s).

E-mail deltaemergingleaders@gmail.com to partner with us.

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BOOST 2015 applications are live

It’s almost June – although you wouldn’t know it by the weather – and the Delta Emerging Leaders (DELs) are gearing up for BOOST 2015!

BOOST, Building Opportunities for Original and Sustainable Thinking, is the DEL’s most ambitious project: a live, crowd-funded pitch fest in support of energy, ecosystem, and waste innovations. BOOST creatively engages Chicagoans to invest in local projects that will make a difference in communities across the city.

So, how does it work?
Boost 2014 1Social entrepreneurs with unique and innovative projects pitch their concepts to a live audience at the BOOST Pitch Night. Audience members vote for two winning innovators who split the BOOST award, funds raised by the Delta Emerging Leaders as well as the night’s ticket sales, to fund their startups.

BOOST’s 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 our city. In addition to the unrestricted funding, BOOST applicants are also offered in-kind services from the BOOST community.

Past winners have used BOOST funds to bring a waste compost club and backyard farming business to scale. To date, the DELs have raised approximately $25,000 towards BOOST and 2014 winners were awarded grants of $4,000 each.

Applications for BOOST 2015 are live!
If you are an innovator, environmentalist or an all-around go-getter whose business focuses on achieving local impacts by exploring the sectors of energy, waste or ecosystems in Chicago – apply to pitch at BOOST today!  Applications close 9.18.15.

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BOOST’s identity is founded in community and we need YOU to spread the word! Share this project with the innovators in your life!

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


Updates

Congratulations to the BOOST 2014 Finalists!

Fresh Coast Capital*

Fresh Coast Capital seeks to revitalize vacant land and brownfields in our urban communities through the power of tree farming.

Gardeneers*

Gardeneers identifies and trains dedicated leaders to create and maintain school gardens and lead lessons during and after school that enable students to enrich their knowledge of nutrition, connect with their community, and become stewards of the environment.

Strategic Textile Reclamation

Strategic Textile Reclamation are specialists in reclaiming and hauling textile waste; this reduces landfill waste and saves money, time and the planet.

The WasteShed

The WasteShed is a new creative reuse center for Chicago; TWS collects reusable art and school materials that would otherwise thrown away and makes them available to teachers, artists and anyone who needs them, at low cost.

*Winning BOOST crowd-funded projects.


Innovators

2013 BOOST Pitch Finalists:

Seva Ghandi — Accelerate 77*
Alex Poltorak — Urban Canopy*

Paige Humecki — Chicago Biodigesters
Ally Brisbin and Carla Bruni— Community Glue
Heidi Joynt — Field and Florist

 

2012 BOOST Pitch Finalists

Todd Jones — Every Last Morsel*
Seneca Kern — WeFarm*

Vanessa Smith — Health as Wealth
Amanda Medress — Storybooks for Sustainability
John Edel — The Plant

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