RISE to the Challenge
Two challenges, $3 Million in funding for Climate Resilience Entrepreneurs
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RISE Coastal Community Resilience Challenges: We’re investing in ideas that can solve coastal communities' biggest sea level rise and climate change challenges. Submit your resilience solution today!
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RISE to the challenge

The impact of climate change is being experienced at an accelerated rate. While it touches all of us – whether we live in urban or rural areas – the effects of rapid sea level rise on coastal communities are particularly destructive.

The RISE Coastal Community Resilience Challenges offer a total of $3 million in funding and real-world pilot sites in coastal communities to innovators solving the critical problems urban and rural coastal communities face as a result of climate change. You’ll also receive technical, government, and business mentors, investor matchmaking, customized accelerator curriculum, and on-going support to get your business to the next level.

Explore each Challenge below and apply to submit your next-generation solutions.

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
Datasets
Established resilience community
PR and media visibility
Strategic collaborations with experts and stakeholders
Urban Resilience Challenge Topics
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Flood Management
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Protection of Buildings
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Data Analytics
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Re-Establishing Critical Utilities
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Rural Resilience Challenge Topics
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Flood Management
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Protection of Buildings & Property
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Water Quality Management
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About RISE

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 over $5 million in financial support and services to more than 30 businesses developing new, scalable solutions that help coastal communities adapt to flooding, storm surge, and climate change impacts.