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Start-up workshop for college students this weekend

Andrew Hazen, of LaunchPad, will help host a

Andrew Hazen, of LaunchPad, will help host a start-up workshop for college students. (Jan. 9, 2013) Credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan

An intensive, daylong workshop for college students to brainstorm, design and build their own start-up will take place this weekend in Mineola.

The event will function like an entrepreneurial boot camp: Students with start-up ideas have one-minute to pitch a business concept to everyone in attendance, teams will be formed around the ideas that generate the most interest, the teams then will have eight hours to flesh out the start-up idea for another pitch in front of a panel of judges to win $1,000. The money would go toward further developing the idea.

The start-up workshop is sponsored by and the Mineola-based co-working space LaunchPad Long Island, and will take place March 9 at LaunchPad's offices.

Not all who attend will need to pitch an idea, as teams will be formed around the attendee's interest in working on the start-up concepts that are pitched, said Andrew Hazen, a co-founder at LaunchPad and a local investor.

Currently, about 40 students -- mostly from Hofstra University and Fashion Institute of Technology -- have signed up to attend. Students who are interested in registering for the workshop can sign up through and have until Friday to do so.

An attendance fee for student participants is $35.

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