Our Legacy

Since 1999, the Vogt Awards program has been funding product development and commercialization of ideas for founders from across the United States. The Awards are made possible by the Vogt Invention and Innovation Fund which is managed by the Community Foundation of Louisville with programming managed by GLI’s EnterpriseCorp.

Our Mission

Help start-up ideas and products develop into viable and successful businesses that will provide economic growth, stability and employment for the Greater Louisville area.

The Community Foundation and EnterpriseCorp

The Community Foundation’s Vogt Invention and Innovation Fund has supported the Vogt Awards for more than 12 years. In that time almost $2.5 million has been given out to nearly 50 companies. The program is administered by Greater Louisville Inc’s EnterpriseCorp – an entrepreneurial support organization under the chamber of commerce.

Vogt Awards Benefactor

Henry 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 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.