Vogt Demo Day and 20th Anniversary to be held October 15 2020

Vogt Award Winners 2020

The Community Foundation of Louisville is proud to host the 20th Anniversary of the Vogt Invention & Innovation Awards and the 2020 Demo Day to be held on October 15, 2020 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. Don’t miss the opportunity to watch live presentations with introductions from special guests. Stick around to chat one-on-one with the founders in our virtual breakout rooms. This will be the first time the event is held virtually, thanks to production support from Louisville Business First. 

“It is exciting to be able to bring this event to a wider-reaching audience than we ever have before,” said Mary Grissom, Senior Program Officer for the Community Foundation of Louisville. “With the virtual format, we are already hearing from investors across the country who will be able to jump online and see immediately what some of the hottest startups in Louisville are doing. It is great for our founders and further acknowledges the impact that the Vogt Awards have on our community.”

Register to attend Demo Day for free now. 

The Vogt Invention and Innovation Awards

With the announcement of the 2020 winners, the Community Foundation of Louisville is honored to have supported 84 companies with $3.5 million in Vogt Award grants throughout the program’s 20-year history.  Further, 40% of the winners have founders that are female and/or people of color.  And, over 42% of the businesses are still in business today with several that have surpassed the $1 million raise/revenue. 

Each year a cohort of up to six coachable founders and entrepreneurs of promising, diverse startups, ready to take their business to the next level, are critically evaluated and selected. These startups are solving big problems and want to disrupt their industries with their solution through innovation, customer acquisition and strategic partnerships. 

The six 2020 startups that were selected as recipients of a 2020 Vogt Award each receive $25,000 in non-dilutive grant funding and have completed a 10-week lean startup education program at the time of the demo day. They also receive coaching from scalable startup CEOs, industry mentorship and strategic introductions to help their businesses grow. 

The 2020 Award Recipients

BrainSTEM University – an EdTech startup that provides a virtual learning environment for students to access STEAM education through instructor-led courses and labs in computer science, engineering, robotics and digital media. 

Kare Mobile – a comprehensive dental services provider that brings treatments to patients through their unique compact mobile dental units, using a licensed model, and increases access to those with fewer options to obtain oral health care.

Level Up – a modern education company helping women gain skills and confidence through in-person and live online classes as well as a mobile platform delivering personalized burst-style learning.

Moxie Girl – improves the mental health of teen girls through an online goal-setting app, virtual near-peer mentors and a dashboard for pediatricians about their female patients.

RxLightning – a health tech company that simplifies and automates the specialty medication enrollment process for medical offices through a single comprehensive, user-friendly platform.

Stuccco – an online home design platform that allows Realtors® and homeowners to get any room professionally designed and virtually staged quickly, allowing homes to sell faster and at a higher price. 

The Vogt Awards are funded by the Vogt Invention and Innovation Fund at the Community Foundation of Louisville. This endowment fund was established in 1999 by Mr. Henry Vogt Heuser, Sr. to strengthen Louisville’s economic health by supporting innovative startups and inspiring entrepreneurship.

Register to attend Demo Day for free now. 


To arrange an interview with any of the founders or organizers of the event please contact: Aly Goldberg at aly@iristify.com or on her cell at 502-457-9986. Professional photos of the founders are available for reprint free of charge.

Learn more about the Community Foundation of Louisville and the Vogt Awards