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Advertising platform wins start-up pitch competition

Bryan Natter, of Sales & Orders Ads, pitches

Bryan Natter, of Sales & Orders Ads, pitches his company Monday during a competition at LaunchPad Long Island in Mineola. (April 22, 2013) Credit: Newsday / Lisa Du

An advertising sales platform, Sales & Orders Ads, won favor from judges and the audience at a start-up pitch competition Monday night.

Five early stage companies pitched their ideas at the event, held at LaunchPad Long Island -- a business incubator space in Mineola. During the competition, participants were given 10 minutes to pitch their ideas, and then took questions from a panel of judges and the audience. The winner was determined by scores from both the judges and the audience.

Sales & Orders Ads, based in Hicksville, provides a platform for companies to evaluate the returns for online advertising. As the night's winner, the company received a monthly pass to work at LaunchPad.

Andrew Hazen, a co-investor in LaunchPad, said that it is possible investors in the audience could be interested in any of the companies that presented.

The four other start-ups' varied in sectors, and included a mobile app for retailers, a piano lesson system, a motivational teaching kit business and a business education agency.

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