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 $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 2017 BOOST application.

APPLICATIONS OPEN! APPLY NOW: 2017 BOOST application

Congratulations to BOOST 2016 Winners!

2016 Finalists:

 

Follow updates on BOOST funded projects and BOOST 2017 news via Delta Emerging Leaders' Facebook and Twitter or donate to the BOOST grant year-round!

The DELs are always looking for new partnerships to expand our capacity and increase the BOOST Fund for 2017'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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Past 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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