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'Speed dating' event offered for startups, mentors

Peter Goldsmith is the president of Long Island

Peter Goldsmith is the president of Long Island Software and Technology Network.

Two regional organizations focused on Long Island's startup and technology community are teaming up with New York State to offer a free "speed mentoring" event Tuesday night in Huntington.

Long Island Software & Technology Network, a promoter of tech growth on Long Island, and LaunchPad, a co-working space for technology startups, are working with Business Mentor NY, the state's entrepreneur-geared social network, to bring business owners and area mentors together for a night of rapid-fire mentoring sessions.

The Speed Mentoring and Networking event, the first of two planned for the Island, will function "sort of like speed dating," said Peter Goldsmith, president and founder of LISTnet. So far, at least 50 mentors have signed up for the event, meant to give business owners a chance to ask burning questions during short one-on-one sessions.

"You have a certain amount of time so people should come prepared with the questions they have," Goldsmith said.

Business owners will select at least four mentors in advance, including lawyers, accountants and other business professionals, whom they'd like to meet with during the event. Although the event is open to any type of business, available mentors will mostly have a tech focus, Goldsmith said.

The event will run from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at LaunchPad Huntington, located at 315 Main St. in Huntington. Those interested in attending must register in advance at nwsdy.li/speed.

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