nick3Venture Connectors is pleased to host Awesome Inc co-founder Nick Such as its featured speaker at the Aug. 6 luncheon event. He will share some of the reasons he and his partners started a school that helps startups create their own software.

Awesome Inc launched in 2009 and has started (and shuttered) several different initiatives with the goal of growing the startup community in Central Kentucky. Over time, Such and his partners began to see too many startups that didn’t have a product, hadn’t made any sales and didn’t have more than a pitch deck.

They started Awesome Inc U during the summer of 2013 to teach people how to turn their ideas into something tangible. Awesome Inc U offers both hands-on and online software development courses attended by students, independent entrepreneurs and corporate teams. The company’s core philosophy is that anyone can learn to code. Since 2013, 178 people ages 9 to 55 have gone through the company’s “1-Day Crash Courses,” and nearly 1,000 K-12 students participated in its “Hour of Code” activities in December.

Such previously co-founded indoor mapping startup BuildingLayer. He also designed and raced alternative fuel vehicles with the University of Kentucky’s Solar Car Team. He serves as an organizer and facilitator for Startup Weekend, and is actively involved with OpenLexington, the local Code for America Brigade.

Read coverage of the upcoming event in Business First and Insider Louisville.