How to Apply
“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.”
2022 VOGT AWARD WINNER: AKHIL SURESH NAIR | FOUNDER & CEO | XENA INTELLIGENCE
The 23rd Vogt Invention and Innovation Awards application is closed.
The application will open in Spring 2024 for next year’s cohort.
2023 Vogt Awards Selection Committee Chair
“Having so many great applicants makes it challenging to select our cohort. We are fortunate to have an outstanding committee ask the tough questions to narrow our list to the final recipients.”
Executive Director KY Innovation | KY Cabinet for Economic Development
Vogt Award Criteria & Requirements
Vogt Awards Demo Day
The 10-week accelerator program wraps up with a highly engaging “Demo Day” event, featuring 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 cohort represents: their “a-ha” moments, formation of their teams and establishing their companies, first milestones, such as a prototype or minimum viable product (MVP), first customers or revenue. It highlights the 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.
Vogt Awards Demo Day is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, October 12, 2023, at a location to be determined.
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.