Delta Emerging Leaders

The Delta Emerging Leaders (DELs) serve as the official associate board of Delta Institute and advance Delta’s mission by expanding its network of supporters, donors, and partners through events and initiatives that engage new and diverse audiences. 

For example, the DELs host an annual live, crowd-funding pitch competition called BOOST for sustainable start-up businesses that help make Chicago a thriving, environmentally conscientious city to live and work in. 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 winners who each receive $5,000 BOOST grants. Grant funds are raised by the Delta Emerging Leaders through sponsorship and ticket sales.

Interested in joining the DELs? Apply by Wednesday, May 18, 2022 @ 5pm CT using the link below. You can also join us for one of our upcoming optional information sessions or other events by clicking here.

BOOST is the flagship annual event for the Delta Emerging Leaders. Since 2012, BOOST has been a platform for early-stage entrepreneurs with innovative products and services to provide sustainable change in the Midwest.

 

2021 BOOST FINALISTS
  • Chicago Tool Library*
    Community Charging
  • Qilo Watt, Inc.
  • Tinyshop*
2020 BOOST FINALISTS
  • Chicago Environmental Educators
    Dynamhex
  • Mycocycle
  • Zumwalt Acres*
2019 BOOST FINALISTS
2017 BOOST FINALISTS
2016 BOOST FINALISTS
2013 BOOST FINALISTS
2012 BOOST FINALISTS
  • Every Last Morsel*
  • WeFarm*
  • Health as Wealth
  • Storybooks for Sustainability
  • The Plant

*BOOST Grant Winners