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BOOST 2022: Supporting Innovative Emerging Entrepreneurs in Sustainability

October 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Save the date! October 27, 2022

For over ten years at our annual BOOST event, emerging entrepreneurs have shared innovative ideas to promote sustainability in their communities with innovative products and solutions. Please join us at this year’s event — hosted live in Chicago for both in-person and virtual guests — to hear their ideas and then cast your vote for which entrepreneurs you would like to win this year’s BOOST competition, including a prize of $5,000 award to continue developing their start-up.

Join us live: In-person or online

We are pleased to present our first hybrid event for BOOST 2022. If you wish to join us in person, you can meet this year’s finalists while enjoying drinks and refreshments (included with the cost of your registration). If you prefer to join us from the comfort of your home, you can watch the full event live over Zoom. Either way, you’d still be able to join in the fun and cast your vote for your favorite entrepreneurs.

Earl bird registration will open in August 2022!


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

Over one Decade of Sustainable Entrepreneurship

Since its inception, the BOOST program has awarded grants to 18 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, and much more. Learn more about some of our recent winners by viewing the slideshow and videos below.

Block Bins

2019 Winner

Block Bins empowers you and your community to take direct climate action. Join an existing bin or start a new one for your block – you’ll be doing your part to divert waste from landfills and reduce your carbon footprint.

Lillian Augusta

2019 Winner

Plant-based braiding hair that eliminates the discomfort associated with synthetic braiding hair and is 100% biodegradable. Lillian Augusta revolutionizes Black hair care by offering “hair without harm™.”

Zumwalt Acres

2020 Winner

Zumwalt Acres is a regenerative agriculture community working to develop a model of land stewardship in Illinois that is ecologically sustainable and socially responsible, rooted in Jewish values.

Chicago Tool Library

2021 Winner

Chicago Tool Library provides equitable access to tools, equipment, and information to allow all Chicagoans to learn, share, and create.


2021 Winner

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.

Make an impact — support innovation in sustainability

We have a wide range of sponsorship options available starting at $500. If you or your company is interested in sponsoring the event, please click here to learn more or contact Patrick Murphy.

Do you know an emerging entrepreneur?

Are you an emerging entrepreneur with a start-up or idea that promotes sustainability? Is your start-up focused on serving Midwest communities and social equity? Is your venture addressing climate change? Environmental justice and racial equity? Apply to BOOST 2022 for an opportunity to receive a $5,000 grant to further develop your venture!

The application is live! Please apply before Tuesday, August 23, 2022 at 5pm CT. The application should take less than one hour to submit. Click here to apply now.

Event Accessibility

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. Please email us with other questions or comments about accessibility.

Media Release Notice

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.

COVID-19 Disclosure

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!


October 27
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Kaplan Institute at Illinois Tech
3137 S Federal St
Chicago, IL 60616 United States
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