1804 Entrepreneurship Center Selects Inaugural Vogt Innovator

Raechele Gray will Support 1804’s Work to Help Shape Our Region’s Entrepreneurial Culture

February 22, 2018, Louisville, KY – In partnership with the Community Foundation of Louisville, administrator of the Vogt Innovation & Invention Fund, 1804 has announced the selection of the inaugural Vogt Innovator, Raechele Gray.

Known to many in Louisville’s creative community as the voice of the podcast “NextGen Lifestyle,” where she talks with leaders, entrepreneurs, and changemakers who are making a difference through their life and work in Louisville, Raechele is passionate about strengthening Louisville’s entrepreneurship community.

“We were so impressed by the quality of candidates who applied for this role,” said Liz Alkire, Senior Program Officer of the Community Foundation of Louisville.  “We’re excited about 1804’s vision for entrepreneurship in Louisville, and were inspired by Raechele’s passion for and work in this community.  We were especially impressed by Raechele’s interest in creating inclusive opportunities for women and minorities to pursue entrepreneurship.”

Announced to the community at 1804’s Startup Grind event on February 22, Raechele will begin a part-time, one-year role with 1804 in which she will spend their time supporting 1804 initiatives and advancing her own entrepreneurial ambitions.

1804 looks forward to welcoming Raechele to the team. Brit Fitzpatrick of 1804 says, “Broadening Louisville’s entrepreneurship community is core to 1804’s focus. We’re grateful to the Community Foundation of Louisville for presenting this fellowship model to 1804 and for its ongoing commitment to supporting the growth of our region’s early-stage companies. As the Vogt Innovator, Raechelle will catalyze impact within Louisville’s entrepreneur community with a specific focus on underrepresented entrepreneurs. She brings a wealth of knowledge, fresh ideas, and a genuine passion for this position, and we look forward to working with her to increase the reach of 1804’s programming and services throughout the city.”


About Community Foundation of Louisville
The Community Foundation of Louisville is a force for good. As a leader in philanthropy, we connect donors, nonprofits and civic partners to create lasting impact in community so people and place thrive. Founded in 1984, the Community Foundation is the largest charitable foundation in Kentucky with $485 million in assets and more than 1,450 charitable funds. Each fund has its own name and charitable purpose as defined by its donors. In 2016, these funds made over 9,000 grants totaling $52 million, approximately 80% of which stayed in Kentucky and Southern Indiana to support area nonprofits. To learn how you can be a part of this force for good, visit www.cflouisville.org and follow us on social media at @cflouisville.

About 1804
1804 Entrepreneur Center is a community and space for Kentuckiana’s founders of early-stage tech-enabled companies. We’re headquartered in NuLu at 744 E. Market Street, directly above the Louisville Beer Store and in Jeffersonville, Indiana at Maker13. To learn more, visit 1804ec.com.