Six Startups Win 2016 Vogt Awards

Six local startups are the 2016 Vogt Awards recipients. Each winner will receive $25,000 in non-dilutive funding and an additional package of valuable services and mentoring for early-stage entrepreneurs.

The winning companies are:

  • Breath Diagnostics is a patented technology that detects lung cancer by analyzing a patient’s breath for four cancer specific markers. The test is easily administered, readily deployable, has no associated risks, and has the potential to save millions of lives while saving the healthcare industry billions of dollars.
  • Collabra is an online platform used by music students, instructors, and professionals to educate & collaborate at middle schools, high-schools, colleges, faith-based organizations, private teaching studios, and more.
  • Curio Learning is an app that allows teachers and administrators to discover professional development strategies and content, curate them in a personalized way, and collaborate with teachers around the U.S. for better outcomes in and out of the classroom.
  • G3 Tri-Sports manufactures and distributes products that assist triathletes to train and provide therapy to recover from injuries.
  • Mailhaven is solving the problem of missed deliveries with a package tracking app and a smart mailbox to receive packages for online shoppers.
  • RMC Solutions is the first patented automated washout system, using high pressure water to prevent concrete buildup in mixer truck drums and central mixers used in the Ready Mix Concrete industry.

“This is a strong group of companies that are innovating in a number of different industries,” said Amelia Gandara, Director of Commercialization and Engagement for EnterpriseCorp, the entrepreneurial arm of Greater Louisville Inc.  “We are really looking forward to working with all six. Great business ideas can happen anywhere and these local entrepreneurs are the key to advancing our startup community and growing the local economy. EnterpriseCorp is very pleased to be a part of this exciting program.”

The Vogt Awards help startup ideas and products develop into viable and successful businesses by providing non-dilutive funding, dedicated mentorship, workshops and support.

This year, the Vogt Awards advisory committee expanded the criteria for the awards to allow entrepreneurs creating innovative, technology-based products to apply and win, along with those manufacturing physical products. Twenty-seven companies applied for this year’s awards.

“I can’t help but wonder how pleased Mr. Heuser would be to see the innovation that his award has helped to catalyze since its inception in 2000.  With more than $2.9 million awarded to 61 companies to date, I like to think of his gift as a way for him to be immortal in our entrepreneurial community,” said Susan Barry, President & CEO, Community Foundation of Louisville.

Henry Vogt Heuser had a strong vision for growing innovation in Greater Louisville. Heuser pioneered the creation of multiple inventions during his career. The Vogt Invention and Innovation Fund, an endowment at the Community Foundation of Louisville, was created to help support entrepreneurial efforts of engineers and innovators to fund the product development and commercialization of their ideas.

“The Vogt Award is a great example of how we encourage bold and creative thinking and action in our business community,” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “I congratulate these six companies for their commitment to innovation, and I look forward to seeing what’s next for each of them.”

The Vogt Awards’ mentoring programming will occur throughout the fall.  Vogt Demo Day will be held in November and each winner will have the opportunity to showcase their business to the community and share the progress they are making thanks to the funding, collaboration, mentorship, and support services.

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