NGAL is an innovative program supported by the Harry and Reba Huge Foundation that brings together teams of entrepreneurs from five universities across United States and Estonia: College of Charleston, The Citadel, Nebraska Wesleyan, University of Tartu and Tallinn University of Technology.
This year the American student teams traveled to Estonia to spend three weeks developing their business ideas, and prototyping products and services together with their Estonian peers. The event culminated on 23 June 2017 when ten teams pitched their final ideas to a jury at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina.
The teams competing for fame as well as cash awards of $3,000 for the winner, $2,000 for second place, and $1,000 for third place included: Columb Sailing Group, MyPetTrax, Cody, Aude Opus, Moday, Wisdom Mothers, Identical Draw, Sidekik, MyGameOn, Forget-Me-Not.
From these excellent projects our panel of judges chose the top pitches by each allocating a hypothetical $100,000 between the top three choices. This year it was a full sweep by the Estonian teams: #1. Cody — Kaspar Kuus, CEO (mobile application that teaches computer coding to 8–16 year olds through innovative games and puzzles), #2 Coulomb Sailing Group — Triin Teppo, CEO (plasma based satellite deorbiting technology to eliminate space debris), and #3 Aude Opus — Timmu Tollimägi, CEO (hydrogen based power storage solution for small renewable energy plants).
Congratulations to all of the teams that competed this year! We are looking forward to NGAL IV in 2018. Below please find a YouTube link to the behind-the-scenes video we created using photos and footage from NGAL participants.