Pitch Competition Grants & Support Program for Underrepresented Founders in West & South Side  Chicago

The SECOND #NewPattern Coalition

Originally developed by Beta Boom, #NewPattern is a movement that seeks to promote and celebrate founders from various backgrounds in order to change the narrative that diverse founders can and do create successful companies. This movement also aims to advance the fact that companies that seek to serve the needs of a greater variety of people are tremendous opportunities for economic growth and investment.

The Coalition Members


The New Pattern grant will allocate up to $10,000 to awardees along with matching operational support and mentorship in areas such as marketing, finance, and fundraising through our community partners to help advance  companies onto a sustaining growth path. 

Grants will be awarded through a series of pitch competitions in collaboration with our coalition partners.


Chicago ranks as the 13th most diverse city in the U.S., yet the city’s entrepreneurial ecosystem appears more racially homogenous at startup management levels, skewing whiter than the nationwide startup scene overall. And although there is better than average gender diversity among management teams at Chicago startups, but more work needs to be done to equitably spread opportunity and access to resources across the board. Interested in sponsoring New Pattern Chicago? Reach out to sponsorships@betaboom.com and a team member will reach out to you! If your organization or company would like to become a Community Partner and provide operational support or mentorship, please reach out to newpattern@betaboom.com.


Want Apply for the chicago grant?

The 2021 grant cycle is complete. Please check back for new opportunities in Fall 2022.

Interested in sponsorship? Reach out to sponsorships@betaboom.com and a team member will reach out to you!