Building Opportunities for Original and Sustainable Thinking
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 $4,000 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.
Watch a quick video to see how it works, then prepare your 2016 BOOST application:
The DELs are always 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to partner with us.
Vanessa Smith — Health as Wealth
Amanda Medress — Storybooks for Sustainability
John Edel — The Plant
*BOOST Grant Winners