Come out to support early-stage innovation in your city!
BOOST is a live, crowd-funded pitch fest in support of energy, ecosystem, and waste innovations in Chicago.
Social entrepreneurs with unique and innovative projects pitch their concepts. The audience members vote with their ticket contributions to determine the winning innovators. Winners earn grants to fund their business projects. Last year, BOOST grants totaled $4,500 to each of the two winners.
Check out our amazing finalists…
Chicago Eco House converts inner city vacant lots into sustainable youth flower farm enterprises.
Out Our Front Door immerses people in the history and nature of the Chicago area through bicycle camping.
Great Lakes Yard creates and rents unique furniture pieces crafted from salvaged building materials.
Mightyprovides a marketplace to find socially and environmentally impactful banks.
Slow Roll Chicago transforms communities by connecting, engaging and mobilizing people on bikes.
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. Past winners have used BOOST funds to bring a waste compost club and backyard farming business to scale.
Your donation directly supports the work of our 2017 BOOST competition winners, along with the rest of the great work that Delta Institute and the DELs do year-round.
Thank you to our Sponsors:
Delta Institute: Delta works in partnership with business, government and communities in the Great Lakes region to create and implement innovative, market-driven solutions that build environmental resilience, economic vitality and healthy communities.
Clarke: Clarke is a global environmental products and services company. Our mission is to make communities around the world more livable, safe and comfortable. We do this by pioneering, developing and delivering environmentally responsible mosquito control and aquatic services to help prevent disease, control nuisances and create healthy waterways.
CLIF Bar: Clif Bar is a proud supporter of BOOST. Family and Employee owned, Clif Bar is built on the belief that many voices together can do more good. As a food company, CLIF Bar is committed to working towards a more just and sustainable food system. And as an adventure company, CLIF Bar encourages us to Protect the Places we Play. Stop by the CLIF Booth at BOOST to learn how you can get involved. After all, It’s not called the “Okay Outdoors” or even the “Pretty Good Outdoors.” It’s called the Great Outdoors for a reason. Together, we can protect it.
Goose Island: Goose Island has been a proud sponsor of BOOST for 2 years now. We are guided by our respect for the history and culture of beer as well as our passion for, and innovation in, brewing. We wish to enrich the cultural landscape of Chicago and support the inspirational organizations within our communities. Furthermore, Goose Island champions sustainability in our breweries (and beyond) as well as actively celebrates and engages our employees.
Chop Shop: Chop Shop has generously hosted BOOST for years. Housed in a 100-year-old former auto body shop, the Chop Shop is Chicago’s only sustainable butcher + deli + restaurant + bar with a 6,000 square foot event space and concert venue.