The Community Foundation of Louisville’s Vogt Invention & Innovation Awards offers entrepreneurs in the Louisville region a unique and exciting opportunity to take their startups to the next level. Each year, up to six early-stage businesses receive $25,000 in non-dilutive grant funding, participation in a 10-week startup accelerator program, coaching, mentorship from industry veterans, strategic introductions and recognition, all designed to boost their companies’ growth. Unlike other business accelerator programs, the Vogt Awards allows founders to retain full ownership of their startups.
Vogt Invention & Innovation Awards Demo Day
Thank you to everyone who came out for Vogt Invention and Innovation Awards Demo Day at the Speed Art Museum. It was wonderful to collaborate with Network N’ Chill and Andy Dunn in addition to our program with the six local startups in this year’s Vogt Invention and Innovation Awards cohort.
Together, we are mobilizing people, networks, and capital to spark meaningful change. This year’s Demo Day was proudly sponsored by Louisville Public Media.
Say hello to the 2022 Vogt Awards Cohort
The Community Foundation of Louisville is thrilled to announce the recipients of our 22nd annual Vogt Invention and Innovation Awards. These six, early-stage industry disruptors will receive $25,000 in non-dilutive grant funding, participation in a 10-week accelerator program, startup coaching, mentorship from industry veterans, strategic introductions and recognition, all designed to boost their growth and take their tech-enabled businesses to the next level. We’re excited to share that this year’s recipients represent the program’s first majority minority cohort — 83% are minority/founders of color and 50% are women-founded.
Thank you 2022 Vogt Awards Selection Committee!
Congratulations to the 22nd annual Vogt Award recipients! These six early-stage businesses were chosen by a selection committee made up of leading entrepreneurs and investors in the startup community, and past Vogt Award recipients. This innovative, passionate group of trailblazers are experts in their fields and have firsthand experience in what it takes to build a company from the ground up. The committee was led by Chair Monique Quarterman, one of Kentucky’s most recognized leaders in innovation. Monique serves as Deputy Executive Director for Kentucky Innovation at the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development.
Competition was tough this year, and narrowing the field to six companies was an enormous challenge. We want to thank each committee member for their leadership, guidance, and thoughtful consideration throughout the selection process.
Committee members were:
- Buddy Bockweg, Vsimple
- Michael Boone, yLoft
- Tendai Charasika, Saling Wealth Advisors/UofL Entrepreneur-in-Residence
- Demetrius Gray, Captain
- Lydia Henshaw, Resolv
- Angelique Johnson, MEMStim
- Raffi Kayat, Borderless
- Greg Langdon, startup advisor and investor
- Christian Miller, Venture First
- Jake Miller, Toggle Health
- Brett Moreno, Anteriad
- Steven Plappert, Forecastr
- Mario Mazzone, KSTC–Keyhorse Capital
- Chris Redd, Baptist Health/Network ‘N Chill
- Alice Shade, 4 Aventures/UofL Entrepreneur-in-Residence
- Telpriore “Greg” Tucker, UofL Research & Innovation
- Phoebe Wood, CompaniesWood
The Tremendous Legacy behind the Vogt Awards
The Vogt Invention & Innovation Fund and Awards was established in 1999 through an endowment generously created by Henry V. Heuser Sr. This long-standing and prestigious program aims to strengthen Louisville’s economic health by supporting innovative startups and inspiring entrepreneurship.
It’s an incredible story of generosity supporting a long-term vision that benefits economic development in our community.