RISE accelerates innovation and business growth around solutions to coastal resilience challenges in the living laboratory of Hampton Roads, Virginia. Since 2018, we have deployed more than $5 million in financial support and services to 35 businesses developing new, scalable solutions that help coastal communities adapt to flooding, storm surge, and climate change impacts.

Here’s What We Offer

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

Resilience Innovation Accelerator

Real-world testbed & pilot sites

Co-working office space

Regulatory TA and permitting

Fabrication & testing work space


Established resilience community

PR and media visibility

Strategic collaborations with experts and stakeholders

Current RISE Coastal Community Resilience Challenge Topics

The Challenge seeks innovative solutions that enhance the 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.