Vogt Awards

The Community Foundation of Louisville’s Vogt Invention & Innovation Awards offers entrepreneurs in the Louisville region a unique and exciting opportunity to take their businesses 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, strategic introductions, and recognition, all designed to boost the growth of their business. Unlike other business accelerator programs, the Vogt Awards allows founders to retain full ownership of their businesses.

24th Vogt Invention and Innovation Awards Application

Apply to the 24th Vogt Invention & Innovation Awards today. 

The application is open now through May 28, 2024. “The Vogt Awards continues to carry out the vision of the Heuser family by providing a platform for growth and mentorship for innovative business founders,” says Ron Gallo, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Louisville. “Supporting early-stage businesses through the Vogt Awards opens opportunity for invention and economic development in our community.” 

2024 Vogt Awards Info Session with Program Director Lisa Bajorinas

Reflection with 2023 Vogt Awards Recipient Feedcoyote

When Stevens Bonhomme, Founder & CEO of Feedcoyote, was selected to the Vogt Invention and Innovation Awards program, his platform, helping freelancers maximize their earning opportunities through networking, collaboration, and project management, had 1,000 users. Now, just six months after completing the program, Feedcoyote has over 35,000 users in 130 countries and adds an average of 1,000 new users weekly.

“We are among the fastest-growing startups in Louisville. I’m very proud of our massive growth,” Bonhomme said.

Meet Maggie Harlow

Maggie Harlow, CEO of Signarama Downtown, has been a fixture in the Louisville business community for more than 20 years. Her entrepreneurial background, community involvement, and dedication to the Vogt Invention and Innovation Awards program make her the perfect choice to lead this year’s selection committee as they choose the 2024 cohort.

We talked with Maggie about her background and experience as a woman business owner, the importance of the Vogt Awards to our community, and why she is excited to be an integral part of this year’s program.

The 2023 Vogt Awards Cohort

Pictured front row left to right: Terri Lykins, My Food My Choice; Chris Matthews, Gamerabble; Cecile Matthews, Gamerabble

Pictured back row left to right: Jeff Cummins, Immersive Hearing Technologies; Matthew Neal PhD, Immersive Hearing Technologies; Stevens Bonhomme, Feedcoyote; Dan Ross-Li, Affinna; Eddie Fieldhouse, The Kentucky Hug; David Galownia, The Kentucky Hug 

These six, early-stage businesses were selected as recipients of the 23rd Vogt Invention & Innovation Awards. They received $25,000 in non-dilutive grant funding, participation in a 10-week accelerator program, startup coaching, mentorship, strategic introductions, and recognition.

Learn more about our Vogt Award recipients.

The Tremendous Legacy behind the Vogt Awards

The Vogt Invention & Innovation Fund and Awards were 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 businesses and inspiring entrepreneurship.

It’s an incredible story of generosity supporting a long-term vision that benefits economic development in our community.

Learn more about the legacy behind the Vogt Awards.

5 Key Traits That Make a Great Candidate

Ideal candidates are eager to shake things up in their industry by coming up with new ideas, getting more customers, and forming important partnerships. Plus, they can explain why they are a perfect fit to tackle these challenges. Hear from Program Director, Lisa Bajorinas, about the 5 key traits that make a great Vogt Awards candidate.

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Lisa Bajorinas
Lisa Bajorinas
Vogt Awards Program Director
(502) 836-0735
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Ramona Dallum
Ramona Dallum
Senior Vice President, Community Leadership
502.855.6971
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