Six local startups are the 2017 Vogt Awards recipients. Each winner will receive $25,000 in non-dilutive funding and an additional package of valuable services and mentoring for early-stage entrepreneurs.

The winning companies are:

Eidolon LLC protects families threatened by the dangers of vacant properties through the deployment of proprietary devices that alert EMS when a property catches fire. Nathan Armentrout, James Gissendaner, and David Jokinen founded Eidolon.

HeXalayer LLC is an innovative technology startup focused on the exponential improvement in lithium ion (Li-ion) batteries. The company is run by CEO Harutyun Vardanyan and CSO Tereza Paronyan.

The Lokator Pitching Academy LLC is a patented strike zone system for baseball and softball pitchers that is used for instruction, evaluation, and predictive analysis. Stephen Stemle is the company’s founder.

Meta Construction Technologies LLC is a construction-tech firm that’s giving control to the asphalt industry with its innovative Fleet Dispatch software solution, BlackTop, a mobile app. Nick Mcrae is the company’s CEO and Maxwell Kommor is the founder.

RCM Brain, Inc. helps healthcare providers collect more revenue from insurance companies by analyzing their contracts and claim payment information. RCM Brain is led by John Williamson, CEO, Lee Hyman, COO, and Ren Decena, CTO.

WeatherCheck, Inc. monitors residential property addresses 24/7/365 via a SaaS subscription model. Demetrius Gray is WeatherCheck’s CEO and Jermaine Watkins is their CTO.

The Vogt Awards help startup founders develop product ideas into viable and successful businesses by providing not only funding, but also dedicated mentorship and focused workshops.

Henry Vogt Heuser Sr., who established the Vogt Invention & Innovation Fund at the Community Foundation of Louisville, had a strong vision for growing innovation in Greater Louisville.

Vogt Demo Day will be held in November during Global Entrepreneurship Week and each winner will have the opportunity to showcase their business to the community and share the progress they are making thanks to the funding, collaboration, mentorship and support services.

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