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“The Vogt Awards were a turning point in my startup journey, as they provided invaluable support from a community of mentors, entrepreneurs, investors, and well-wishers. Being part of this community infused a great deal of value into XENA, and the credibility we gained through the experience was truly priceless.”


The 24th Vogt Invention and Innovation Awards application is closed.

The application will open in Spring 2025 for next year’s cohort.

2024 Vogt Awards Selection Committee Chair

Maggie Harlow, 2024 Vogt Invention & Innovation Awards Selection Committee Chair

Maggie Harlow
Co-Owner | Signarama

2024 Vogt Awards Criteria & Eligibility

Vogt Awards Demo Day

Vogt Awards Demo Day 2024 - Photo of the audience within the venue (The Kentucky Derby Museum)

The 10-week accelerator program wraps up with a highly engaging “Demo Day” event. The event features introductions of the founders and their company pitch presentations. Attendees include entrepreneurs, investors, and the Louisville startup community.

The day is a public celebration of everything that the Vogt Awards founders’ pure grit, drive, and determination that allowed them to create something new and innovative — hopefully, something with the right product-market fit that will go on to become a successful venture.

This year’s Vogt Awards Demo Day is scheduled for Thursday, October 10, 2024, at the Kentucky Derby Museum.


The Selection Committee

The Vogt Awards Selection Committee has the challenging task of reviewing the competitive applications for the program and making the final decision for this year’s cohort. They represent a diverse group of Vogt Awards alumni, founders, entrepreneurs, investors and service providers who care about the quality and continued legacy of the Vogt Awards. The committee members will be announced at a later date.

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Lisa Bajorinas
Lisa Bajorinas
Vogt Awards Program Director
(502) 836-0735
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Ramona Dallum
Ramona Dallum
Ramona Dallum
Senior Vice President, Community Leadership
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