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™ III Overview

NGAL™ III was held in June 2016 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 nearly three weeks together traveling internationally, connecting with business professionals, coaching each other’s pitches, and finally presenting their ideas to the panel of distinguished judges:

  • Huge C. Lane, Jr. – Chairman of the Board, Bank of South Carolina
  • Ed Steiner – Partner, Squire Patton Boggs
  • Brent Comstock – CEO, BCom Solutions and Principal, Change Ventures
  • Marki TihhonovaKreek – Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Estonia, Washington, D.C.
  • Steve Swanson – Inside Director, Snapcap, LLC
  • Yrjö Ojasaar – Investment Partner, Change Ventures

NGAL™ IV Preview

NGAL™ IV will be held in June 2018. Please stay tuned to this page for relevant updates including specific dates and the location of our host university.

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.