1804 Entrepreneurship Center Selects Inaugural Vogt Innovator

Stemming from a creative partnership with 1804, a bi-state entrepreneurship center, the Community Foundation of Louisville presents the inaugural Vogt Innovator, Raechele Gray. Her new role at 1804 will help shape the entrepreneurial culture in Louisville, with a special focus on increasing access to entrepreneurship resources for minorities and women.

Announced to the community at 1804’s Startup Grind event on February 22, Raechele will spend one year supporting 1804 initiatives and advancing her own entrepreneurial ambitions. Raechele’s role is supported through a stipend from the Vogt Innovation & Invention Fund at the Community Foundation of Louisville.

The Vogt Invention & Innovation Fund contributes to the growth of a community where people and place thrive by encouraging and supporting the growth of new ideas, new products and new companies in Louisville.  Established by Mr. Henry Heuser, Sr. in 1999 at the Community Foundation of Louisville, it has awarded more than $3 million in Vogt Awards to early-stage companies in Louisville, and supported a number of local entrepreneurship-related programs and events.

Known to many in Louisville’s creative community as the voice of the podcast “NextGen Lifestyle,” where she talks with leaders, entrepreneurs, and change makers who are making a difference through their life and work in Louisville, Raechele is passionate about strengthening Louisville’s entrepreneurship community.

Brit Fitzpatrick of 1804 says, “Broadening Louisville’s entrepreneurship community is core to 1804’s focus. We’re grateful to the Community Foundation of Louisville for presenting this fellowship model to 1804 and for its ongoing commitment to supporting the growth of our region’s early-stage companies. As the Vogt Innovator, Raechele brings a wealth of knowledge, fresh ideas, and a genuine passion for this position, and we look forward to working with her to increase the reach of 1804’s programming and services throughout the city.”