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Wondering if you should apply for the Community Foundation of Louisville’s Vogt Awards? Would you like some tips on how best to apply?  Want to know more about how the program works? If you are an entrepreneur or founder that meets our eligibility criteria, we encourage you to join us for this session at noon on May 14. So, grab your lunch and learn what you need to know from Lisa Bajorinas, Program Director. Register today!

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The Vogt Invention & Innovation Awards Program

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. Learn more about the history and the funding of the Vogt Awards.

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Benefit from a long history of successful entrepreneurs

Henry V. Heuser, Sr. was the former president of the Henry Vogt Machine Co., a high-tech tinkerer, corporate leader, and philanthropist. Before his passing in November 1999, he made a $5 million endowed gift to create and perpetually finance The Vogt Invention and Innovation Fund.

The Fund’s purpose is to memorialize the Vogt engineering tradition in the Louisville region by providing engineers, scientists and entrepreneurs with grants to fund the product development and commercialization of their ideas. The Vogt Awards were created to help fulfill this purpose.

A celebration of 20 years of the Vogt Awards program in 2020

2020 Vogt Award Winners
2020 Vogt Award Winners


Did you miss Demo Day?

The 2020 Vogt Invention and Innovation Award winners present their companies and the progress they've made to the startup, investor, and business communities.

Watch the Vogt Awards Demo Day here

Take your early-stage business idea to the next level, with the prestigious Vogt Awards prize money and accelerator workshops.

Get connected with experienced CEOs and investors who will mentor you through the development of your innovative, technology-enabled product.

Accelerate your business growth with new exposure and connections.

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