To ensure the continued success of new and future businesses in the Louisville (KY) area, the Community Foundation of Louisville will begin accepting applications for the 21st annual Vogt Awards on Friday, April 30. The awards are funded by the Vogt Invention and Innovation Fund at the Community Foundation of Louisville, an endowment established in 1999 by local businessman and philanthropist Henry Vogt Heuser, Sr. The fund’s purpose is to strengthen Louisville’s economic health by providing funding and support to innovative startups and inspiring entrepreneurs.
Vogt Award winners receive $25,000, along with a ten-week program of coaching, mentorship, strategic introductions, and public recognition. Last year, six startups walked away with the prize.
Applications for the 2021 Vogt Awards will be accepted through May 30.
To be eligible for an award, applicants must be an early-stage business with an innovative, technology-enabled product; have a customer revenue cap of $250,000 a year; and have a lifetime funding cap of $500,000 (includes SBIR and other non-dilutive forms of funding but excludes co-founders’ personal investments).
Winners of this year's awards will be announced in July, and the accelerator program will be held in August and September, with a demo day planned for mid-October.
For more information about eligibility and to apply, visit the Community Foundation of Louisville website.