2021 Vogt Awards Recipients

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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. Check out the 2021 Demo Day pitches!


Meet the Six Startups Selected for 21st Annual Vogt Awards

Black UX Labs connects Black and Brown User Experience (UX) practitioners to hiring managers through a fun and innovative professional development platform. Founder: Amber Fields

Gluconfidence improves outcomes and reduces the daily burden for insulin-taking people with diabetes through a combination of real-time data driven guidance and automated glucose delivery. Founder: Brian Olivier

Legal Gantt provides law firms with a client portal to facilitate communication, case status and progress with their clients. Founders: Hishem Alsalman and Carlos Acevedo

Symba empowers real estate agents with a mobile-first CRM to grow and manage their business with clients. Founders: Ryan Harris, Evan Knowles, and Tanner Wilcox

Timeout Software is developing a mobile app that uses AI and gamification to improve athlete mental health with personal recommendations and therapy-based exercises. Founder: Maya McClendon

Yornest is developing a group messaging platform that brings the fun of social media functions into group chats. Founder: Michael Brizendine

"I don't think (Henry Vogt Heuser Sr.) could believe how massively (The Vogt Awards) have affected so many people and in such positive ways to celebrate inventions and business creation."

Henry Heuser Jr.
Vogt Invention and Innovation Fund

“The quality and diversity of the 2020 cohort is outstanding. Each early stage business is working on innovations that disrupt a multitude of sectors and show an opportunity to scale.”

Lisa Bajorinas, Program Director
Community Foundation of Louisville Vogt Awards

“Having so many great applicants made it challenging to select just six, we were fortunate to have an outstanding committee ask the tough questions to narrow our list to the final winners."

Maggie Galloway, Selection Committee Chair
Community Foundation of Louisville Vogt Awards Selection
CEO | Inscope Medical Solutions

The 2021 Selection Committee

Jackson Andrews, Endeavor

Tawana Bain, TBain & Co.

Katie Bush, Katie Bush Designs

Tendai Charasika, Saling Wealth Advisors

Dave Christopher, AMPED

Maggie Galloway, Avanos Medical

Raechel Gray, Endeavor

Stacy Griggs, El Toro

Angelique Johnson Ph.D., MEMStim

Ross Jordan, Weller Equity Partners

Raffi Kayat, borderless

Greg Landon, Startup Advisor & Investor

Alisia McClain, Future of Work Initiative, powered by Microsoft

Rishabh Mehrotra, Avionte Staffing Software

Charley Miller, OrgVitals

Sean O'Leary, EdjAnalytics

Kelby Price, KSTC

Elizabeth Rounsavall, Rounsavall Investments

Alli Truttmann, Wicked Sheets

Jennifer Williams, Cuddle Clones

John Willmoth, Poplar Ventures

Phoebe Wood, CompaniesWood

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