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The Community Foundation of Louisville’s Vogt Awards program is the longest-standing program of its kind. The program was made possible by an endowment left by Henry Vogt Heuser Sr. in 1999. The program is unique in that it 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.

A SPECIAL MESSAGE REGARDING COVID-19

During these exceptional times, the Community Foundation of Louisville’s Vogt Awards planning team is working hard to ensure the program will continue on schedule with or without physical distancing. No matter the situation, we will deliver the same quality startup education, mentorship, and experience by leveraging the best digital tools available.

Does my company qualify?

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

Be 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.

See if you qualify and apply by clicking the arrow below.

Benefit from a long history of successful entrepreneurs

Mr. Heuser Sr., former president of the Henry Vogt Machine Co., was 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.

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