Every year, students from the College of Charleston, The Citadel, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech) and the University of Tartu (Estonia) come together for Network Globally, Act Locally (NGAL™).

Sponsored by the Harry and Reba Huge Foundation, NGAL is a two-week international entrepreneurial program where student-teams from the five universities begin the program in Estonia at the University of Tartu and Tallinn Technical University with faculty instruction and mentorship from business professionals. In their final week, the students travel to Charleston, South Carolina, to fine-tune their entrepreneurial projects and pitch their ideas to a panel of distinguished judges.

“A number of teams compete within each university to qualify for NGAL,” says Harry Huge, co-founder and chairman of the Huge Foundation. “These young people look at things that may have been overlooked by others.”

The goal is to empower students to tackle problems creatively.

“NGAL creates an environment where students gain cultural awareness and develop entrepreneurial skills,” explains Sebastian van Delden, interim dean of the School of Sciences and Mathematics. “Our goal is for students to create solutions for social and commercial challenges.”

The College of Charleston will host the NGAL participants for an awards dinner on Thursday, June 13, 2019, in the McAlister Suite of TD Arena. Everyone is welcome to attend the final pitch competition, which will take place at The Citadel, Bond Hall, Room 165, on Friday, June 14, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Featured image: First-year Honors students Georges Mahama, Camille Sullivan, Candace Pfister and Loftin Kohn at an NGAL event at the University of Tartu.