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. Applications for the Rural and Urban Coastal Community Resilience Challenges are now closed and judging is currently underway.
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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. Winners also receive technical, government, and business mentors, investor matchmaking, customized accelerator curriculum, and on-going support to get their business to the next level.

Applications for the RISE Coastal Community Resilience Challenges are now closed, but we invite you to explore each Challenge below.

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
Urban Resilience Challenge Topics
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
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.