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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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Strengthening Louisville’s Economic Health

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

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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.

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.

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