Vogt Awards: An Unparalleled Opportunity for Local Startups

Last Tuesday evening, the Community Foundation of Louisville and its program partner, Greater Louisville Inc.’s EnterpriseCorp, celebrated Vogt Awards Demo Day, an annual event that showcases promising, local, early-stage companies.

2018 marks the eighteenth year of the Vogt Awards program, made possible by the Vogt Invention & Innovation Fund at the Community Foundation of Louisville. The Fund was started in 2000 by Mr. Henry V. Heuser, Sr., a gifted inventor and entrepreneur, who wanted to provide opportunities for inventors and innovators to turn their ideas into companies.

Research shows that new companies create a disproportionate number of jobs relative to their size, and to date 72 companies have received funding in their very early stages from the Vogt Awards. Previous winners, like Fresh Fry, Inscope Medical, MobileMedTek, and US WorldMeds have gone on to secure additional funding and are growing, thriving, and creating jobs in Louisville.

We know Mr. Heuser would be proud that the Fund is accomplishing the goal he set out – helping start-up ideas develop into viable and successful businesses that provide economic growth and employment in Greater Louisville.

The 2018 Vogt Award winning companies participated in 10 weeks of intensive mentoring and programming, planned and executed by Greater Louisville Inc.’s EnterpriseCorp and led by the Vogt Awards Selection Committee Chairperson, Tendai Charasika.

The Community Foundation of Louisville is grateful to the many people who contribute their time and talent to help Vogt Award-winning company founders each year; the mentorship, technical assistance, and encouragement given to these firms is incredible. In addition to this valuable training and support, each company received an undiluted investment of $25,000 from the Vogt Invention & Innovation Fund.

2018 Winners

To find out more about some of Louisville’s newest startup companies, visit them here:

  • Agent Ally – Saving Medicare insurance agents time, providing personalized plan results, and talking points tailored to their clients through the Agent Ally Enrollment Solution. Co-founders include: Michael Wiseman, Johnathan Vanderford, Erin Stewart, and Ben Browne.
  • Dry Baby – Manufacturing and distributing one-of-a-kind water and stain repellent baby apparel. Co-founders include: Jennifer Chapman and Katherine Wardlaw.
  • Enriched Couples – Assisting young couples navigate merging their finances by using a mix of behavioral science interventions. Co-founders include: Annette Miller and Michael May.
  • Pascal Tags – Using patent technology to tracking inventory with smart, passive, and battery-free tags that can continuously span through any size space. Co-founded include: Brandon Young and Haley Pfeiffer.
  • Sport.io – Providing cloud-based SaaS solutions for race organizers to engage with athletes by streamlining the management of race registration, payments, communication, and results. Co-founders include: Abner Miralda and Jason Eisenmenger.
  • True Secure SCADA – Strengthening the cybersecurity of critical infrastructure systems with the patented SCADA-GuardTM for utility and manufacturing companies. Co-founders include: Jim Graham, Jeff Hieb, and John Naber.

The Community Foundation of Louisville is proud to support programming that strengthens the talent of local entrepreneurs and accelerates the growth of their companies.