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Live Crowdfunding Event will BOOST Chicagoland Entrepreneurs

October 19, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

There are many great ideas out there to promote Chicago’s green economy. But the social entrepreneurs behind them are often overlooked by investors focused solely on financial concerns. Why can’t these startup ideas—with the potential to create an organization that improves the planet along with the economy—get seed funding?
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Live Crowdfunding Event Boosts Local Sustainability Innovators

November 4, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Imagine if the viewers of Shark Tank could crash the stage, shove aside the venture capitalist hosts and bid for who they think should get some seed money. Also imagine that each entrepreneur has an idea to make the world a greener place.

Such is the conceit of BOOST (Building Opportunities for Original and Sustainable Thinking), a live, crowdfunded event in support of Chicago-area sustainability innovations. Audience members provide the available funds through their ticket purchases; at the event, they then vote to determine which innovators will receive funding. Yesterday, two entrepreneurs—Octavia Hooks of Octavia’s Natural Hair Care Experience and Roman Titus, founder of Sojourn Fare—won financial support for their sustainability ventures.
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