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Mark your calendar for BOOST 2019 on Tuesday, November 12!


BOOST is a live, crowd-funded pitchfest in support of solving environmental challenges in Chicago and around the Midwest. Hosted by the Delta Emerging Leaders, the associate board of Delta Institute, BOOST brings together social entrepreneurs with unique and innovative projects to pitch their concepts to a live audience. Audience members vote with their ticket contributions to determine the winner who will receive the $5,000 BOOST grant, which was awarded to KitcheNet in 2018. Grant funds are raised by the Delta Emerging Leaders through sponsorship and ticket sales.

Date: Tuesday, November 12

Time: 6:00-9:00pm

Location: Chop Shop in Wicker Park, 2033 W North Ave.

Sponsorship opportunities are available, please contact Patrick Murphy at 312-651-4356 or at to learn more.

Cumulatively, BOOST has provided $50,000 to 13 innovative projects in Chicago over the past seven 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.

Early Bird Tickets and Sponsorships Available!


Applications are now open! Submit your entrepreneurial venture to become one of our BOOST finalists to pitch before a live audience on November 12th!All applications are due September 30. Apply today!



2018 BOOST Finalists:

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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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