BOOST 2023 – Special Promotion for Concert Goers at Huntington Pavilion in Chicago!

Thanks for visiting us at the Beck & Phoenix show! Now join us at BOOST on October 24 with this special promotion!

BOOST, or “Building Opportunities for Original and Sustainable Thinking,” has been a longstanding program to support emerging entrepreneurs with innovative ideas to promote sustainability in their communities with innovative products and solutions. This year, as a way to launch Delta’s year-long 25th anniversary celebration, we are hosting a very special anniversary BOOST, where we will be inviting back our 20 past BOOST winners to share the impact of their work since they last won BOOST and win a larger investment. BOOST is an annual pitchfest where the audience decides the winners of the competition. Collectively, we plan to award a record $25,000 in funding to four exceptional BOOST winners in commemoration of Delta’s 25th anniversary. 

Please purchase your tickets by Monday, October 23. Any tickets sold after this date are welcome to join us at the event or online, though they will not be able to participate in the voting. 


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We would like to thank the Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship for hosting BOOST this year! Kaplan Institute “believes that higher education is best realized when applied to positive, practical change.” Their mission is to guide Illinois Tech students on a direct path to becoming Chicago’s next tech leaders.

Kaplan Institute at Illinois Tech
3137 S Federal St, Chicago, IL 60616

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For those attending the event in-person, we will reserve front-row seating for those with disabilities; printed handouts of the presentation with large scale font will be available upon request. For those attending the event online, automated closed captions will be provided by Zoom. Guests are encouraged to bring their mobile devices to the event to cast their votes electronically, though this is not necessary; those without devices will still be able to vote by coordinating with a volunteer. Please email us with other questions or comments about accessibility.

Please note that this year’s BOOST event will be recorded via photography, videography, and audio recording. By attending BOOST 2022, guests grant Delta Institute permission to take photographs/video/audio of them and their property. Guests authorize Delta Institute, its assigns, and transferees to edit, copyright, use, and publish the same in print and/or electronically. Guests agree that Delta Institute may use such photographs/video/audio of them with or without their names and for any lawful purpose, including such purposes as publicity, web content, and reports. By attending BOOST 2022, guests acknowledge that they have completely read and fully understand Delta Institute’s BOOST 2022 Media Release Consent Form and COVID-19 Disclosure, and agree by all conditions, and they release any and all claims against Delta Institute for utilizing this material for publication, external promotion, or distribution via Delta Institute-managed channels.

Delta Institute recognizes and appreciates that COVID-19 is an ongoing consideration for events attendance and management. We encourage our guests to please connect with us another time and stay at home to rest if they are experiencing fever, cough, difficulty breathing, loss of taste/smell, or any other symptom that may indicate COVID-19 infection. Further, we encourage our guests to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and welcome the wearing of masks to reduce community spread. Have fun and be safe!

More about BOOST

BOOST is an annual event organized by the Delta Emerging Leaders associate board of Delta Institute. Since its inception, the BOOST program has awarded grants to 20 start-ups ranging from local composting businesses, biodegradable hair products designed for Black women, regenerative agriculture farming, an accessible repair-and-share tool library, a zero-waste grocer, conservation efforts integrating renewable energy, waste diversion to support small businesses, and much more.

Please enjoy the photos and video recording from last year’s BOOST event, presented by American Family Institute for Corporate and Social Impact and United Airlines, where we featured four excellent finalists: babygami co, Centreville Citizens for Change, EcoShip, and Rewilding Acres of Eco.Logic.

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