Network Globally, Act Locally

Network Globally, Act Locally (NGAL™) is an annual international pitch competition sponsored by the Harry and Reba Huge Foundation in partnership with the University of Tartu and Tallinn University of Technology in Estonia, Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Nebraska, and the College of Charleston and The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. The three-week international entrepreneurial program brings together students from each of the partnering colleges to create solutions for social and commercial challenges.

NGAL™ student teams begin the program in Estonia at the University of Tartu’s Idea Lab by brainstorming ideas for their projects through faculty instruction and mentorship from business professionals. In their final week, the student teams travel to the United States and pitch their ideas to a panel of distinguished judges from the business community.

NGAL™ V Overview

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.

Sponsor Information

NGAL™ is made possible by the generous time and gifts of many individuals, universities, and the Huge Foundation. For sponsorship information about NGAL™, please contact us.

NGAL™ Sponsors receive recognition at the NGAL™ banquet and pitch competition annually, and have their names and logos listed on all marketing materials. All sponsorship money goes towards funding student travel and mentorship for the multi-week NGAL™ event.