Immediate Release: April 5th, 2017
(Louisville, KY) – The application period for the 2017 Vogt Awards kicked off at today’s Venture Connectors meeting. The Vogt Awards help early-stage start-up companies
develop into viable and successful businesses by providing non-dilutive funding,
dedicated mentorship, workshops and support. Applications will be accepted
through May 31st.
The program provides robust mentorship and support services to up to six
early-stage entrepreneurs. Each winner will receive $25,000 in non-dilutive
funding and an additional package of valuable services for early-stage
entrepreneurs. In the past, applicants
were required to manufacture a physical product to be eligible. Now, entrepreneurs
from the Greater Louisville area that have the potential to create a scalable business based on
innovative, technology-based products are also included in the program.
“The Vogt Awards is Greater Louisville’s only accelerator that offers
funding and support without taking a significant stake in the companies
involved,” Ellie Puckett, Commercialization Director for GLI’s EnterpriseCorp,
said, “We want to cast a wide net to help all those innovators in our region
get their start-ups to the next level.”
The Vogt Invention and Innovation Fund, founded by Henry Vogt Hueser and an
endowment at the Community Foundation of Louisville, helps support entrepreneurial efforts of engineers and
innovators to fund the product development and commercialization of their ideas.
year, we assisted companies with revolutionary ideas across a variety of
industries. From construction and healthcare to e-commerce and education, this
community is rich with people working towards transforming our world. The Vogt
Awards are a true reflection of Mr. Heuser’s spirit,” Susan Barry, President
& CEO of the Community Foundation of Louisville, said.
The Vogt Awards winners will be selected in August. The 10-week mentoring and support program will
occur throughout the fall. The full roster of partners and mentors will be
released at a later date.
Vogt Awards program culminates with Vogt Demo Day in November. Each winner is given the opportunity to
showcase their business to the entrepreneurial community and share the progress
they made thanks to the Vogt Awards program.
Applications are being accepted from April 5 to May 31, 2017 and are open
to entrepreneurs based in Louisville, surrounding Kentucky counties, and Southern
Indiana. For all criteria and to apply, visit http://www.vogtawards.com/
The Vogt Awards & Henry Heuser
Vogt Heuser, who died in 1999, was an exemplary corporate citizen and a gifted
inventor and entrepreneur. He was a native of Louisville who spent his entire
career working for Henry Vogt Machine Company, including 28 years as its
president. Whenever Henry had an idea about how to make something better,
quicker, or easier, all he had to do was walk out to the shop floor to assess
its viability and commercial potential. The endowment he created at the
Community Foundation of Louisville to establish this award will allow engineers
and entrepreneurs to access the same kinds of resources. The Vogt Award is
intended not only to memorialize Henry’s legacy, but also to inspire more
inventors to pursue their goals right here in Louisville.
Community Foundation of Louisville is the largest charitable foundation
in Kentucky with over $485 million in assets and more than 1,450 different
funds, each with a charitable purpose defined by the donor. In calendar year
2016, the Community Foundation made 9,000 grants totaling $52 million to local,
national and national nonprofits. As a leader in philanthropy, we connect
donors, nonprofits and civic partners to create lasting impact in community. We
have the expertise to help you do more than you ever thought possible with your
charitable giving. Join us in being a force for good in our community. For more
information, visit www.cflouisville.org and follow us on
social media @cflouisville.
EnterpriseCorp is the entrepreneurial arm of
Greater Louisville Inc.– the region’s leading economic development organization
and the Louisville Regional Office for the Kentucky Innovation Network (KIN).
GLI’s EnterpriseCorp is dedicated to building a vibrant entrepreneurial
ecosystem and culture for early stage and fast growth companies. For more
information, visit EnterpriseCorp.com.
About Greater Louisville Inc.
Louisville Inc. - the Metro Chamber of Commerce is focused on growing the
regional economy. As the region’s largest convener of business leadership, GLI
leads economic and global outreach strategies focused on business attraction;
nurtures the entrepreneurial eco-system; and champions the development of the
community’s talent base. As the voice of Greater Louisville’s business
community, GLI advocates for a pro-business environment and facilitates businesses
engagement on issues that impact regional competitiveness. For more
information, visit www.GreaterLouisville.com.