Building Opportunities for Original and Sustainable Thinking
Social entrepreneurs KitcheNet, BareItAll Petfoods, and Four Star Family Cyclery pitched their ideas to a crowded Chop Shop on Tuesday, November 13. Attendees voted for their favorite local, sustainable entrepreneur to award the $5,000 BOOST grant, which this year was KitcheNet! Congratulations!
Delta Institute appreciates all of the hard work our associate board, the Delta Emerging Leaders, did to successfully host this exciting, annual event. Thank you to Clif Bar & Company, the Walter S. Mander Foundation, and Patterson Family Foundation for their generous support for BOOST.
BOOST is a live, crowd-funded pitchfest in support of solving environmental challenges in Chicago and around the Midwest. It is an initiative of the Delta Emerging Leaders, an associate board of Delta Institute, that empowers young leaders to advance innovation and sustainability in the Midwest. Social entrepreneurs with unique and innovative projects pitch their concepts to a live audience at BOOST.
Audience members vote with their ticket contributions to determine the winner who will receive a BOOST grant. Grant funds are raised by the Delta Emerging Leaders through sponsorship and ticket sales. Cumulatively, BOOST has provided $50,000 to 13 innovative projects in Chicago over the past six 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.
*BOOST Grant Winners