RISE is a non-profit, economic development organization with a mission to accelerate innovation and business growth around solutions to coastal communities’ resilience challenges. RISE leverages local assets and global networks to enable businesses to develop, demonstrate and scale innovations that help coastal communities adapt to changing climate.

2020 Winners

Meet the five winners of the 2020 Coastal Community Resilience Challenges

Natrx

Natrx

The company will develop and launch its mobile manufacturing units, which can be used to produce custom shoreline protection structures to prevent flooding. Learn more.

Re:Public

Re:Public

The company will launch its map-based risk communication platform to help non-mapping professionals to track real-time flooding risk. Learn more.

StormSensor

StormSensor

The company will create features for its stormwater monitoring software and hardware products. It provides communities with real-time tidal and storm analysis. Learn more.

Virginia PACE Authority

Virginia PACE Authority

The organization, which provides financing solutions for flood mitigation and resilience improvements, will expand its outreach and create an open-market platform. Learn more.

WeatherCheck

WeatherCheck

The company will expand its product to include pluvial and fluvial flood threats, which now continuously monitors properties for severe weather damage and loss. Learn more.

Why Hampton Roads, VA?

Hampton Roads in southeastern Virginia is a globally critical region. Home to the largest concentration of U.S. defense facilities in the world, including world’s largest naval base, and the third largest commercial port on the East Coast, the region is a hub for trade and a security nexus for the world. A combination of the region’s cities’ diverse typologies, climate change challenges and assets make Hampton Roads a perfect resilience innovation hub for entrepreneurs.

Beachfront

Urban Waterfront

Historic Properties

Infrastructure

Agriculture

Navy Bases

Suburbs

Hub Port

 Past Winners

Meet six winners of the past $1.5M Coastal Community Resilience Challenges

Building Resilient Solutions

Building Resilient Solutions

Reducing flood-damage through alternative retrofit methods for existing buildings.

Constructis

Constructis

Harnessing kinetic energy from traffic to power emergency services.

InfraSGA

InfraSGA

Reducing nuisance flooding in constrained urban environment without massive infrastructure overhauls.

Grow Oyster Reefs

Grow Oyster Reefs

Reducing shoreline erosion and flooding with innovative reef tiles that attract oysters faster than competitor solutions.

Landscape Resilience Partnership

Landscape Resilience Partnership

Training resilience workforce to design, install and maintain flood-reducing solutions.

Resilience Enterprise Solutions

Resilience Enterprise Solutions

Raising the bar for workforce training in the home raising industry.

Current RISE Coastal Community Resilience Challenges

The Challenges seek innovative products and approaches that enhance resilience of coastal communities, create substantial new value, can be demonstrated in the Hampton Roads region of Southeastern Virginia, are scalable to other communities, and can be built into sustainable businesses.

RISE provides the following services to the winning teams:

Resilience Innovation Fund (non-equity, non-dilutive)

Resilience Innovation Accelerator

Resilience Innovation Hub & Testbed

Real-world infrastructure & pilot sites

Co-working office space

Fabrication & testing work space

Datasets

Experts and stakeholders

Entrepreneurial community

Regulatory TA and permitting

PR and media visibility