NGAL™ V was held in June 2019 in Estonia and Charleston, South Carolina. The student teams from five universities came together to pitch their ideas at The Citadel in Charleston after having spent two weeks together traveling internationally, connecting with business professionals, coaching each other’s pitches, and finally presenting their ideas to a panel of distinguished judges.
The top three teams were awarded $6,000 in prize money to help fund their business concepts. The first place competition winner was CompAct, a software platform guiding large companies in Estonia on ways to make their offices more sustainable and environmentally friendly. Second place, also based in Estonia, was ZoomX – an eyeglass, controlled via mobile app, which allows you to continuously adjust focus on the objects in multiple focus levels, reducing the need for multiple pairs of glasses. The third place recipient was Neighbor App – a mobile application that uses peer-to-peer technology to sync travelers with local, authentic tour guides.