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Vogt Awards Program
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 V. 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.
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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.