Vogt Awards

The Community Foundation of Louisville’s Vogt Invention & Innovation Awards, focused on supporting entrepreneurship in the Louisville region, is the longest-standing program of its kind. Through an endowment left by Henry V. Heuser, Sr. in 1999, the Vogt Awards uniquely allows founders to retain full ownership of their business as they leverage a 10-week startup education program and mentorship in addition to an infusion of capital to accelerate their company’s growth. Established by Henry Vogt Heuser, Sr., the Vogt Fund and Awards were created to strengthen Louisville’s economic health by supporting innovative startups and inspiring entrepreneurship. This initiative plays a critical role in our community’s economic growth as a city that’s poised to be a break-out for startups: ensuring the support and success for new and future businesses.

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Meet the 2021 Vogt Awards Cohort

Pictured left to right: Brian Olivier, Tanner Wilcox, Ryan Harris, Kendall Weihe, Evan Knowles, Maya McClendon, Hishem Alsalman, Carlos Acevedo, and Amber Fields. Not pictured: Michael Brizendine | Photo credit: Creative Photography LLC

The Community Foundation of Louisville announced the recipients of its 21st annual Vogt Invention and Innovation Awards. These six early-stage companies received $25,000 in non-dilutive grant funding, participation in a 10-week accelerator program, startup coaching, mentorship from industry veterans, strategic introductions and recognition. The program culminated with introductions of the founders and company pitches at Demo Day at the Waterfront Botanical Gardens. The 2021 Demo Day was sponsored by Louisville Public Media.

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Celebrating 20 Years of the Vogt Invention & Innovation Awards

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Vogt Awards, this insert from Louisville Business First was published in 2020 to showcase the history and impact of this long-standing initiative.

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Lisa Bajorinas
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Vogt Awards Program Director
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Mary Grissom
Mary Grissom
Director, Community Investment
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