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The Vogt Awards

Business Plan Competition · 18 Members · Louisville, KY, US

About this Program

The Community Foundation of Louisville is a force for good. As a leader in philanthropy, we connect donors, nonprofits & civic partners creating lasting impact.

Our Investment Focus

The Vogt Awards is an endowed program of the Community Foundation of Louisville’s Vogt Invention and Innovation Fund.  It is intended to recognize excellence in product innovation and provide entrepreneurs with $25,000 non-dilutive, grant funding for the product development and commercialization of their ideas.  Since its inception in 2000, the Vogt Awards have provided nearly $3.5 million in funding to almost 80 early stage companies in the Louisville region. 


The award and startup accelerator program are made possible through an endowment from Henry Vogt Heuser Sr., former president of Henry Vogt Machine Company.  Recipients are selected based upon their concept’s merits of innovation, technical excellence, strategic business planning, competitive positioning, potential market value, time to market, and anticipated social/economic benefit for the Greater Louisville area. 


For more information about the Vogt Awards, including previous winners, please visit www.VogtAwards.com

Preferred Locations

  • Louisville, KY, US

Preferred Financials

  • Capital Seeking
  • - $25,000
  • Valuation
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