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Canberra students are being given six minutes to pitch their skills to local start-up firms in an initiative to keep talent from leaving the Territory.More than 40 jobseekers will be taking part in a series of speed-dating-style meetings with prospective employers offering casual and part-time jobs and internships relating to their studies.

"The whole idea is to have this fun, creative, supportive environment," she said.

The event begins with local start-ups first delivering a 30-second pitch to the students."Often the whole energy is around the employer being in charge and the authority and students pitching to them, so we thought we'd actually invert it," Ms Jakubowski said."It really puts the students at ease because it is effectively saying, 'well you're there and putting yourself out there, so I'm going to make an effort'." Students then have a six-minute window to promote themselves to employers they are interested in.

The 30 Canberra start-ups taking part include online businesses, software companies and marketing specialists.

"We find by putting young people with entrepreneurial companies together, there's a flow on effect which is really valuable for the community," Ms Jakubowski said.

Ms Jakubowski said keeping students in Canberra after they complete their studies was a focus.

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