IdeaLab projects


NGAL ® (Network Globally, Act Locally) is an intensive hands-on business development programme for early-stage student teams. The programme starts with the boot camp at UT IdeaLab and ends with a launch-camp in the USA. At the final day, teams pitch to judges and the best teams will be awarded.

NGAL ® is an ambitious, high-impact business development programme linking five universities across countries and cultures through student-centered entrepreneurship. It is an intense, impactful, summer immersion and travel abroad programme for students who are company founders and who wish to plan to take their company to scale.  

In 2019 NGAL ® takes place 2. - 14. June. From the University of Tartu, 4 students representing 2 teams will be participating: 2 people from each team.

The programme consists of an intense 12-day accelerator experience that works to take student companies from the launch of a minimum viable product (MVP) using the lean startup process and the agile/scrum methodology. 

Deadline 24.03!

NGAL 2019 Program Schedule Summary (June 2. - 14.)
June 2 Evening kick-off dinner/networking
June 3-5 Estonia NGAL Module: Tartu
June 5 Travel to Tallinn in the afternoon
June 6-8 Estonia Module: Tallinn
June 9-10 Travel days to Charleston
June 10 Evening kick-off dinner/networking
June 11-13 US NGAL Module: Charleston
June 14 Pitch Day in Charleston

The programme enables you to develop your business idea and MVP together with student teams from two Estonian and three US universities: University of Tartu and Tallinn University of Technology, College of Charleston, The Citadel (Military College of South Carolina) and Nebraska Wesleyan University. The project is partly financed by Harry and Reba Huge Foundation. 

In 2018 the  University of Tartu team ResDec won the 2nd prize. The 1st award went to Tallinn University of Technology team Timey.
2017 winning team was Cody from the University of Tartu! „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 great progress during the programme, so it was almost impossible to forecast the winners.“

The main award is 3000 $!

Deadline 24.03!
Team Cody  (winner of 2017) with Helen Kokk

Team ResDec (2nd place in 2018) and Maret Ahonen