Building Opportunities for Original and Sustainable Thinking


BOOST is a live crowd-funding event in support of 1) energy, 2) ecosystem, and 3) waste  innovations in Chicago. BOOST happens in two phases; first, social entrepreneurs apply to pitch sustainable solutions at a live funding night and second, the live funding night crowd hears pitches and votes for winning ideas. The social entrepreneurs receiving the most votes split the BOOST fund of money raised by the board plus the pitch night’s ticket sales to support their work. Last year, that amounted to 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.

The Delta BOOST live crowd-funding event connects promising Chicago innovators with funding from the community to help their project get off the ground and improve our city.



Finalist TableFunding Night Vote              Funding Night Pitch


BOOST Live Funding Night, November 2014

We are looking for new partnerships to expand our capacity and increase the BOOST Fund for this year’s winning social ventures. All contributions are tax deductible and go directly to the winning social entrepreneur(s). E-mail to partner with us.


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

*Winning BOOST crowd-funded projects

Do you think your social venture is ready to be pitched? Get a sneak peek at the 2014 BOOST Application and check back in at the end of summer when applications officially open.

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