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The Vogt Awards in Louisville are accepting applications for their 2013 round! The organizers have been really inspired by LVL1's emergence in Louisville. This year they've refocused the prize back to Henry Vogt Heuser's original vision: hardware and manufacturing start-ups. LVL1 also has 2 members serving as mentors for the participants.



  • $20k in seed funding
  • Access to cutting edge prototyping and manufacturing tools
  • Mentorship in technology, engineering and business
  • 10-week Course in Manufacturing and Lean Startup
  • Connections with investors, partners, suppliers, and customers
  • Demo Day with chance to win an additional $100k

More information and application form at

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.

Other things of note:

  • This is an endowment prize which has existed since 1999. That means, unlike most accelerators, they take absolutely no equity.
  • You get access to the University of Louisville's Rapid Prototyping Center for your product development needs. This means you can do things like 3D print 20 micron layer objects in stainless steel, cobalt chromium and titanium. There's a list of equipment and facilities at the University of Louisville's Rapid Prototyping Center website.
  • Louisville is home to Worldport, the world-wide UPS shipping hub. You can ship and receive items globally faster and cheaper here than from anywhere else in the US.

Please pass this around to other hackers, makers, hackerspaces, and engineers!