University of Tartu students won two first places at international pitching competition in USA
On Friday evening, 23rd June University of Tartu teams took the two first places at the final competition of an exclusive NGAL® business development program. Among ten student teams from Estonia and USA, Cody was selected to be the winner and got 3,000 USD to implement their idea. The second place and 2,000 USD went to the Coulomb Sailing Group, a space technology start-up grown out from EstCube.
NGAL® (Network Globally, Act Locally) is an
intensive business development program for early-stage student teams, engaging
five universities and ten student teams from Estonia and USA. After three weeks
of business development in Tartu, Tallinn and Charleston, all the ten teams
presented their ideas to the jury, local entrepreneurs, at the final pitch
competition on 23rd June in Charleston, USA.
Despite the tough competition, University of Tartu teams took the two first places. Cody, the IdeaLab program graduate developing a code learning mobile app, was selected to be the best team of the whole program and got 3,000 USD for their product development. The second place went to the Coulomb Sailing Group – a space technology start-up grown out from EstCube project developing deorbiting services. The third place went to Aude Opus, Tallinn University of Technology team - also STARTER program graduate - working on a scalable hydrogen based battery.
„The first place surely came as a big surprise for us,“ says the leader of Cody, University of Tartu student Kaspar Kuus. „It took us a while to realize that three Estonian teams actually made it to the TOP 3. All the teams had been working really hard and did a great progress during the program, so it was almost impossible to forecast the winners.“
According to Kuus, NGAL is a great opportunity to find international contacts and friends: „The name of the program says it all: Network Globally, Act Locally. All the teams supported each other and we got lots of good advice from fellow students.“
University of Tartu representatives: Kaspar, Triin, Reino and Iaroslav
Although the program itself lasted three weeks, the impact of the program is surely longer. Several teams made mutual plans for the future, couple of students from USA became Estonian e-residents and planned to continue their studies in Estonia.
This year, NGAL® took place for the third time, being a shared program between two Estonian and three US universities: University of Tartu, Tallinn University of Technology, College of Charleston, The Citadel (Military College of South Carolina) and Nebraska Wesleyan University.
NGAL® was made possible through the generous support of the Harry and Reba Huge Foundation.
- Check out the video of third NGAL!
NGAL 3.0 Tartu camp: learning, working hard and getting new experiences!
As the first and second day were full of interesting talks and valuable lessons, we decided to put some more focus on teamwork and getting things done during the next days. However, those days were full of new experiences: meetings with experienced investors, lecture on history, tour at SPARK and University of Tartu, trying out Estonian sauna and visiting Narva, the easternmost point of EU!
Second day of NGAL®: lots of team time, visit to Mooncascade, design thinking and one-to-one mentoring with Helen Kokk!
Tuesday, 6th June was the second day of NGAL ® and well, it was even more fun! We started the day off with the reflection, got some sun during the team time, visited Mooncascade - one of the coolest IT companies in Tartu - talked about design thinking and UX with wonderful Helen Kokk and ended our day with amazing pasta!