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At LaunchPad, not the same old crowd

LaunchPad’s monthly pitch nights are always populated with innovative thinkers promising economic innovation, and the latest installment was no exception. Among others, pitches came from George Kramer, founder and CEO of Bohemia veterinary-tech firm Ultravet Medical Devices, and Gary German, president of Nonnatech, a New York City provider of senior care-focused digital health solutions. But setting January’s pitch night apart, according to Andrew Hazen, founder of the LaunchPad chain of coworking spaces and CEO of…


No strikeouts at LaunchPad NYIT pitch night

By GREGORY ZELLER // LaunchPad NYIT’s first pitch night was a hit. With an audience of about 100 packing the auditorium inside NYIT’s student innovation center, an entrepreneurial quintet – four from Long Island, one from New Jersey – pitched five very different ideas to a panel of judges, vying for a potentially lucrative appearance before the Long Island Angel Network. “It shows that the entrepreneurial spirit and ecosystem is alive and well on Long…


At NYIT, LaunchPad gets back to basics

LaunchPad Long Island, the chain of independently operated co-working spaces, has wandered a little far afield from an original focus of tech-centric startups, but its latest space at NYIT Old Westbury’s campus will be hyper-focused on young companies working in Internet applications, bioengineering and other technology fields. “If you came to me with a consumer product like a new heel for a shoe, you might be able to get some desk space or help in Great…


Andrew Hazen

DEBRIEF: Andrew Hazen, Angel Dough Ventures

Most known recently as a founder of the fast-growing Launchpad Long Island co-working facilities, serial investor Andrew Hazen is not afraid to take a chance. But whether the CEO of Hicksville seed fund/startup accelerator Angel Dough Ventures is nurturing a fledgling tech firm, funneling venture capital into a bold experiment or launching an online bagel-chip company, Hazen always does his homework – and his studious nature gives him front-row access to the bubbling pot that…


CharityWait lands Angel Network funding

BY GREGORY ZELLER // From the Two Birds/One Stone file comes CharityWait, a born-in-Nassau-County app that’s received a hefty six-figure investment from Angel Dough Ventures and the Long Island Angel Network. A spinoff of CEO and cofounder Daniel Reitman’s SmartLine app, CharityWait allows users to register at busy restaurants – basically, get in line for the next available table – with a charitable-donation option that bumps them to the front of the queue. It also gives…