Announcing the Winners of BOOST 2021!

Presenting the winners of Delta Institute’s 10th annual BOOST event! Watch the video announcement above or watch the announcement on Delta’s YouTube channel.

About BOOST 2021

BOOST is a platform for early-stage entrepreneurs with innovative products and services to provide sustainable change in the Midwest. BOOST is hosted by the Delta Emerging Leaders, the official associate board of Delta Institute, a 501c3 nonprofit that collaborates with communities across the Midwest to solve complex environmental challenges.

Thank you to our sponsors! BOOST 2021 is generously sponsored by American Family Insurance Institute for Corporate and Social Impact, United Airlines, Comcast, Peoples Gas Community Fund, Mike and Peggy Stevens, Carbon Yield, the Delta Emerging Leaders alumni group, RW Ventures, the Walter S. Mander Foundation, Ethelbert Williams, and Wolfe Computer Associates.

This year’s Audience Favorite Award is sponsored by the American Family Insurance Institute for Corporate and Social Impact. Click here to learn more about their work.

The United Airlines BOOST Award is sponsored by United Airlines. Click here to learn more about Delta Institute’s community partnership with United Airlines and their commitment to sustainability.


Learn more about each of this year’s BOOST finalists:

  • Chicago Tool Library – The Chicago Tool Library is like a book library – but for tools! They lend you tools for home repairs, gardening, sewing, cooking, and more so you don’t have to buy them. Why buy when you can borrow? It’s better for the planet, better for your budget, and better for the community.
  • Community Charging Initiative – The Community Charging Initiative leverages the sharing economy and existing neighborhood infrastructure to build EV chargers. They recruit small commercial sites in Chicago neighborhoods that have parking spaces to host community chargers.
  • Qilo Watt, Inc. – Qilo empowers residential electricity consumers with straightforward data to save money, reduce pollution, encourage sustainable energy sources, create a more efficient grid, and promote equity through a fairer distribution of costs all at the same time.
  • Tinyshop – Tinyshop is an organic, zero waste grocer with 100% returnable packaging. This circular system offers Chicagoans a convenient, low impact shopping experience to shift away from our current disposable culture.

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