RISE is a U.S.-based non-profit with a mission to accelerate innovation and business growth by identifying and scaling solutions to coastal communities’ resilience challenges.

How We Work

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. With increasing amounts of our global population living in coastal communities, we need innovative, long-term solutions that focus on mitigation, adaptation, and – ultimately – our shared safety and prosperity.

Our 2020 Solution Builders

Meet the five winners of the 2020 Coastal Community Resilience Challenges



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.



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



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.



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.

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


Experts and stakeholders

Entrepreneurial community

Regulatory TA and permitting

PR and media visibility