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Vogt Awards send local entrepreneurs to school

Ten companies going to fall session training series in Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Aug. 6, 2012) — Thanks to the Vogt Awards, 10 local start-up companies will begin a training course in September to learn how to grow their great ideas into successful businesses.

The Kauffman FastTrac TechVenture training series provides practical, hands-on business development programs for entrepreneurs with technology-based business opportunities. A cost of $895 per person, however, can be a financial obstacle for a company that is just getting started.

The selection committee for the 2012 Vogt Awards set aside funds to enable early-stage companies to participate in the TechVenture training series in Louisville. Ten company representatives will attend in the fall, and up to 10 additional participants in the spring. Participants are selected from the applicants for the 2012 Vogt Awards. The fall session of the training series will be held at the University of Louisville’s Nucleus iHub (Innovation Hub) in downtown Louisville from Sept. 10 through Nov. 12.

“We hope the opportunity to participate in this high-caliber training will be the necessary investment to catapult these early stage companies to the next level,” said Ty Adams, Chair of the Vogt Awards selection committee. “These funds will be paid forward to encourage the next entrepreneurial group of winners and advance innovation in the region.”

The Vogt Invention and Innovation Awards (known as the Vogt Awards) were created in 1999 by the late Henry Vogt Heuser, Sr. to help inventors and innovators in the Louisville area develop new local businesses. Mr. Heuser made a gift of $5 million to the Community Foundation of Louisville for an endowment that would support his charitable vision. The Vogt Awards program is administered by EnterpriseCorp, the enterprise development arm of Greater Louisville Inc.

Companies receiving funding from the Vogt Awards to participate in the fall training session are:

·         Bourbon Barrel Food, Matt Jamie

·         Collabra, Ron Karroll

·         Graceship, Emily Gimmel

·         Healthcare Observations, Dominic Foster

·         IWOOD, Steve McMenamin

·         Lockup Lead, John Cullen

·         Louisville Biodiesel Coop, Christian Thalacker

·         Surfscore, Grechen Huebner

·         Ucloser, John Williamson

·         Webtools Agogo, Deborah Boyer

For more information about the Vogt Awards, visit www.vogtawards.com. Learn more about the Community Foundation of Louisville at www.cflouisville.org. Additional information about the EnterpriseCorp can be found at www.greaterlouisville.com/enterprisecorp. Find more information about the Kauffman FastTrac TechVenture training series in Louisville at http://nucleus.affiliate.fasttrac.org/.