April 12, 2017 4:35pm
2017 Vogt Awards Application Period Now Open
The application period for the 2017 Vogt Awards kicked off at April 5th’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.
“Last 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.
The 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/