$2 Million in Funding

Welcome to the 2019 RISE Coastal Community Resilience Challenges webpage. 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.

Flood Management Resilience Challenge

Objective

RISE is looking for innovative technologies and approaches that address flood management issues of coastal communities, create substantial new value, can be demonstrated in Hampton Roads, are scalable to other communities, and can be built into viable and sustainable businesses.

We are particularly interested in innovative solutions for cost-effective management of ground- storm- and/or tidal water, either as affordable short-term mitigations, or low-maintenance, longer-term options in a variety of environments with high water tables.

Description of the Problem

The watershed management problem combines many of the following:

  • tidal flooding overtopping seawalls
  • tidal flooding tailwater in stormwater pipes producing flooding inland
  • aging and undersized stormwater infrastructure limiting effective drainage
  • high water table/groundwater limiting ability to store water underground
  • large paved areas (e.g., parking lots) increasing run-off and localized flooding
  • urban environment limiting access to existing infrastructure or new infrastructure installation

Data Analytics Resilience Challenge

Objective

RISE is looking for innovative technologies and approaches that address data analytics challenges of coastal communities, create substantial new value, can be demonstrated in Hampton Roads, are scalable to other communities, and can be built into viable and sustainable businesses.

We challenge innovators to propose data analytics, integration, and accessibility for multiple applications to help coastal community stakeholders maintain public safety, meet logistics needs, protect property, as well as enhance quality of life, among other applications.

Description of the Problem

To reduce the risk of living on the coast and adapt to more frequent disruptions, coastal communities seek to utilize data and new/existing sensor networks to improve their ability to more effectively:

  • Prepare for, respond to, and recover from disruptions.
  • Increase knowledge and awareness of interactions between ground-, storm-, and tidal waters and their effects and understand the economic impact of the use of this information.
  • Interface real-time and forecast of flooding information and other environmental hazards with new technologies in a near- to mid- term time horizon (e.g., smart city data, self-driving/autonomous vehicles and traffic control, augmented/virtual reality technologies, etc.).

Protection of Buildings Resilience Challenge

Objective

RISE is looking for innovative technologies and approaches that address protection of buildings challenges of coastal communities, create substantial new value, can be demonstrated in Hampton Roads, are scalable to other communities, and can be built into viable and sustainable businesses.

We challenge innovators to propose solutions to maintain the viability of existing buildings facing flood risks. What are the structural or non-structural alternatives beyond traditional approaches such as costly house elevation that individual homeowners could buy? Could these approaches protect buildings for 15 – 30 years in the flood environment? Are there cost effective protections against the higher frequency, lower magnitude recurrent flooding?

Description of the Problem

Buildings in flood plains experience different levels of flooding. Some buildings may experience several feet of flooding and may require substantial modification to remain viable (e.g., building elevation). Other may only experience a few inches (6-8 inches) and minor modifications may be required to avoid the costs of damage.

Many buildings experience up to 8″ of flooding several times per year. To avoid recurring flood damage and insurance claims, effective, affordable and readily deployable remedies are needed.

Also of concern is how these modifications are to be paid for. Are costs shared amongst home/building owners, the City, and insurance companies (or others)? What are viable and sustainable options for funding these efforts? Homes in Norfolk Vision 2100’s “Yellow Areas” are representative of many of these issues (see Vision 2100 under Datasets). These areas are established neighborhoods that experience more frequent flooding.

Re-Establishing Critical Utilities Resilience Challenge

Overview

RISE is looking for innovative technologies and approaches that address re-establishing critical utilities resilience challenges of coastal communities, create substantial new value, can be demonstrated in Hampton Roads, are scalable to other communities, and can be built into viable and sustainable businesses.

We challenge innovators to propose solutions that re-establish and maintain critical systems functionality to a significant defined critical urban facility.

Description of the Problem

After an acute event, vital installations need to be made functional as soon as possible to prevent further degradation in the resilience of a community. The types of facilities to be considered in this topic are:

  • A 250 bed Level I trauma center hospital
  • Stand-alone outpatient facilities
  • A major company’s IT center
  • A city block

Critical functionalities include:

  • Electricity
  • Potable water and wastewater management
  • Cell phone communications
  • 911 access
  • Internet access

Portable systems should be deployed within 2 hours and provide 72 hours of continuous functionality to critical services.

Reconnecting Neighborhoods Resilience Challenge

Objective

RISE is looking for innovative approached that address disconnected neighborhoods resilience challenge of coastal communities, create substantial new value, can be demonstrated in Hampton Roads, are scalable to other communities, and can be built into viable and sustainable businesses.

We challenge innovators to propose solutions that enhance the economic prosperity of urban neighborhoods which have been disconnected physically, economically, digitally from the rest of a thriving city.

Description of the Problem

Urban development can often result in some low-income communities being physically cut off from the surrounding city by highways, vacant land and other barriers. This often contributes to a cycle of low skill jobs, poverty, and lack of economic prosperity for the neighborhood, residents, and the city as a whole. This situation is often exacerbated by the lack and unaffordability of basic modern services (e.g., internet broadband, and access to convenient affordable transportation).

In addition, it can be difficult to attract some of the basic businesses (e.g., food stores, gas stations, etc.) to economically disadvantaged neighborhoods.

Urban Mobility Resilience Challenge

Objective

The RISE Urban Mobility Resilience Challenge seeks solutions to bring automated real-time flooding information to mobile apps and route guidance platforms. Guidance must be available to private drivers, commercial vehicles, emergency vehicles, and public transportation.

RISE will provide funding to small business-led teams to demonstrate real-time flooding guidance apps in Hampton Roads. Solutions proven successful in this region must also apply to other coastal cities and communities. Hampton Roads has proven to be well-suited as a demonstration testbed

Description of the Problem

During flooding events, communities often experience significant disruptions to transportation. These disruptions affect private, commercial, and emergency vehicles as well as public transportation, detracting from local business’ viability and the quality of life of residents. Also, many coastal communities are home to significant private/public installations which are economic drivers in the communities. These organizations rely on the transportation infrastructure of the host cities to function, and disruptions to their functionality cause hardship to them and to the community. A large part of the difficulty in managing this issue is the lack of awareness of the location and severity of the flooding, and how to navigate around the hazards.

The advent of mapping and routing platforms for smartphones (e.g., Waze, Google Maps, Apple Maps, etc.), could provide drivers guidance around such hazards in real-time. However, automatically conveying temporally and spatially changing flood hazards to such applications for their route guidance systems in real-time is complex and has not yet been demonstrated.

Topic Areas, Eligibility & Timelines

FLOOD MANAGEMENT RESILIENCE CHALLENGE

WHAT WE’VE HEARD

Although not meant to be comprehensive, below are suggested topic areas in need of innovative solutions identified by entities operating in Hampton Roads and other coastal communities. Submissions do not need to be limited to these topic areas. However, to be eligible for funding from the RISE Resilience Innovation Fund, entrants must focus on a Hampton Roads need, while demonstrating the ability to scale to other communities.

  • Stormwater storage/run-off reduction from existing parking lots and other large paved areas.
  • Replacement of existing residential bulkheads with living shoreline.
  • Novel living shoreline materials and/or techniques
  • Enhanced water storage under commercial parking lots and other commercial sites in high water-table areas.
  • Improved stormwater management in dense urban environments with low operations and maintenance costs.
  • Active watershed management and control for existing infrastructure optimization.
  • Application of augmented/virtual reality for resilience infrastructure installation, operations and/or maintenance.
  • “Rainbomb” detection, warning and applications.
  • Stormwater pump outflow water quality improvement by the removal of contaminants (e.g., fertilizers, dirt, oil).
  • Use of city stormwater fee reduction (and other incentives) to alter existing parking lots to increase stormwater storage and reduce runoff.
  • Sand replenishment techniques.
  • Lower-cost smart self-cleaning techniques to remove litter from outfalls, ponds, and pipes.
  • Innovative flood mitigation techniques and/or materials.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Anyone can submit a solution to the Challenge but only small businesses and non-profit entities that meet the criteria below will be eligible for funding and resources from the Resilience Innovation Fund (RIF), Accelerator and Hub & Testbed:

  • Entity is a small business (as defined by the U.S. Small Business Administration) or a non-profit organization;
  • Business or entity must be registered on sam.gov, have a DUNS number;
  • Must be eligible to receive funds from the United States government (RISE provides extensive compliance assistance);
  • Must be selected as a winner of the Challenge;
  • Must be able to demonstrate the proposed solution in the Hampton Roads region of Southeastern Virginia.

Applicants are not required to be a business or a non-profit entity and have a DUNS number or Sam.gov registration (both necessary for non-debarment verification) by the application submission deadline. However, applicants must be a small business or a non-profit entity and provide a DUNS number as well as sam.gov registration by May 29, 2020 which is the deadline for signing a contract with RISE if selected as a winner of the Challenge. For more details please read Applicant Guidelines. If you are not sure about your eligibility please reach out to us. We will provide guidance and answer your questions.

AWARDS

Resilience Innovation Fund

Applicants can apply for up to $250,000. RIF awards come in two forms: 1) partially forgivable loan advancement and 2) reimbursement grants. For more details please read Applicant Guidelines.

Resilience Innovation Accelerator

Selected winners will receive feedback from the Investment Committee. The Investment Committee may recommend making the award (or a portion of the award) contingent upon refinement of a business plan and/or workplan. In such case, the winners may be required to participate in a 2-month long Resilience Innovation Accelerator that will assist the winners with addressing the Investment Committee concerns and recommendations. Each winner will receive a $10,000 stipend for their participation. The participation will require 4 one-day in-person sessions, with the rest of the program conducted virtually. Upon a successful completion of the course, the rest of the award will be authorized by RISE. The Accelerator offers the Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program (ICAP) based on the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps techniques tailored to the resilience sector. The goal is to increase the likelihood of the businesses becoming sustainable and attracting private capital and/or customers after the RISE’s RIF award.

Resilience Innovation Hub

The winners will also gain access to a suite of Resilience Innovation Hub resources free of charge for a duration of their contract with RISE, including:

  • Co-working office space
  • Fabrication, assembly and testing space in a warehouse/workshop space
  • Assistance with securing real world pilot sites in one or multiple Hampton Roads cities
  • Datasets
  • Access to experts from Hampton Roads local governments and other regional stakeholders depending on a project (e.g. NAVY, NASA, Port of Virginia, Hospitals, Universities, etc.)
  • Access to Hampton Roads entrepreneurial community and programing
  • PR opportunities and media visibility
  • Regulatory/compliance technical assistance and assistance with permits

TIMELINE

March 16, 2020 12:00 pm EDT Application submission deadline
April 13, 2020 Finalists announced and invited to pitch to the RISE Investment Committee for funding from the Resilience Innovation Fund and other resources from the Resilience Innovation Hub.
April 27-30, 2020 Finalists in-person pitch presentations to the Investment Committee in Norfolk, Virginia.
May 8, 2020 Winners and funding levels announced.
May 29, 2020 Deadline for the winners to sign contracts
The week of June 1st, 2020 Launch of the Resilience Innovation Accelerator Launch of projects implementation
March 31, 2022 Deadline for projects implementation and contract closeout

*All dates are subject to change by RISE For more details please read Applicant Guidelines.

SCORING CRITERIA

Submissions will undergo an eligibility and regulatory review and will be evaluated based on the following criteria and weighting:

Strength of the solution & intellectual property (35%)
  • Need addressed & value proposition
  • Innovativeness
  • Solution stage
Business Plan (35%)
  • Strength of entrepreneurs & management team
  • Size of the market and revenue opportunity
  • Strength of competitive environment
  • Marketing, sales and partners
Project Workplan (30%)
  • Relevance to and advancement towards business plan goals
  • Clarity and quantification of milestones and metrics
  • Feasibility
  • Costs and timeline reasonableness

For more details please read Applicant Guidelines.

DATASETS

This section provides links to data sets that may be important to teams working on the suggested topic areas above. Please contact RISE if you need clarification of any other data. Also, if you need additional data, please let us know and we will try to track them down.

DATA ANALYTICS RESILIENCE CHALLENGE

WHAT WE’VE HEARD

Although not meant to be comprehensive, below are suggested topic areas in need of innovative solutions identified by entities operating in Hampton Roads and other coastal communities. Submissions do not need to be limited to these topic areas. However, to be eligible for funding from the RISE Resilience Innovation Fund, entrants must focus on a Hampton Roads need, while demonstrating the ability to scale to other communities.

  • Augmented/virtual reality applications for enhanced resilience infrastructure installation, operation, and maintenance.
  • “Rainbomb” detection, warning and applications.
  • Ground-, tidal-, and stormwater measurement networks.
  • Machine learning approaches to improve flooding forecast and mapping.
  • Innovative smartphone apps to enhance residents’ quality of life during acute and chronic (nuisance) stresses.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Anyone can submit a solution to the Challenge but only small businesses and non-profit entities that meet the criteria below will be eligible for funding and resources from the Resilience Innovation Fund (RIF), Accelerator and Hub & Testbed:

  • Entity is a small business (as defined by the U.S. Small Business Administration) or a non-profit organization;
  • Business or entity must be registered on sam.gov, have a DUNS number, and must be eligible to receive funds from the United States government (RISE provides extensive compliance assistance);
  • Must be selected as a winner of the Challenge;
  • Must be able to demonstrate the proposed solution in the Hampton Roads region of Southeastern Virginia.

Applicants are not required to be a business or a non-profit entity and have a DUNS number or Sam.gov registration by the application submission deadline. However, applicants must be a small business or a non-profit entity and provide a DUNS number as well as sam.gov registration by May 29, 2020 which is the deadline for signing a contract with RISE if selected as a winner of the Challenge. For more details please read Applicant Guidelines. If you are not sure about your eligibility please reach out to us. We will provide guidance and answer your questions

AWARDS

Resilience Innovation Fund

Applicants can apply for up to $250,000. RIF awards come in two forms: 1) partially forgivable loan advancement and 2) reimbursement grants. For more details please read Applicant Guidelines.

Resilience Innovation Accelerator

Selected winners will receive feedback from the Investment Committee. The Investment Committee may recommend making the award (or a portion of the award) contingent upon refinement of a business plan and/or workplan. In such case, the winners may be required to participate in a 2-month long Resilience Innovation Accelerator that will assist the winners with addressing the Investment Committee concerns and recommendations. Each winner will receive a $10,000 stipend for their participation. The participation will require 4 one-day in-person sessions, with the rest of the program conducted virtually. Upon a successful completion of the course, the rest of the award will be authorized by RISE. The Accelerator offers the Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program (ICAP) based on the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps techniques tailored to the resilience sector. The goal is to increase the likelihood of the businesses becoming sustainable and attracting private capital and/or customers after the RISE’s RIF award.

Resilience Innovation Hub

The winners will also gain access to a suite of Resilience Innovation Hub resources free of charge for a duration of their contract with RISE, including:

  • Co-working office space
  • Fabrication, assembly and testing space in a warehouse/workshop space
  • Assistance with securing real world pilot sites in one or multiple Hampton Roads cities
  • Datasets
  • Access to experts from Hampton Roads local governments and other regional stakeholders depending on a project (e.g. NAVY, NASA, Port of Virginia, Hospitals, Universities, etc.)
  • Access to Hampton Roads entrepreneurial community and programing
  • PR opportunities and media visibility
  • Regulatory/compliance technical assistance and assistance with permits

TIMELINE

March 16, 2020 12:00 pm EDT Application submission deadline
April 13, 2020 Finalists announced and invited to pitch to the RISE Investment Committee for funding from the Resilience Innovation Fund and other resources from the Resilience Innovation Hub.
April 27-30, 2020 Finalists in-person pitch presentations to the Investment Committee in Norfolk, Virginia.
May 8, 2020 Winners and funding levels announced.
May 29, 2020 Deadline for the winners to sign contracts
The week of June 1st, 2020 Launch of the Resilience Innovation Accelerator Launch of projects implementation
March 31, 2022 Deadline for projects implementation and contract closeout

*All dates are subject to change by RISE For more details please read Applicant Guidelines.

SCORING CRITERIA

Submissions will undergo an eligibility and regulatory review and will be evaluated based on the following criteria and weighting:

Strength of the solution & intellectual property (35%)
  • Need addressed & value proposition
  • Innovativeness
  • Solution stage
Business Plan (35%)
  • Strength of entrepreneurs & management team
  • Size of the market and revenue opportunity
  • Strength of competitive environment
  • Marketing, sales and partners
Project Workplan (30%)
  • Relevance to and advancement towards business plan goals
  • Clarity and quantification of milestones and metrics
  • Feasibility
  • Costs and timeline reasonableness

For more details please read Applicant Guidelines.

DATASETS

This section provide links to data sets that may be important to teams working on the suggested topic areas above. Please contact RISE if you need clarification of any other the data. Also, if you need additional data, please let us know and we will try to track them down.

PROTECTION OF BUILDINGS RESILIENCE CHALLENGE

WHAT WE’VE HEARD

Although not meant to be comprehensive, below are suggested topic areas in need of innovative solutions identified by entities operating in Hampton Roads and other coastal communities. Submissions do not need to be limited to these topic areas. However, to be eligible for funding from the RISE Resilience Innovation Fund, entrants must focus on a Hampton Roads need, while demonstrating the ability to scale to other communities.

  • “Rainbomb” detection, warning and applications to protecting buildings quickly.
  • Quick-reacting, affordable building protection for “rainbomb” (rapid, short-lived) flooding events.
  • 3-D printing applications for building protection and resilience infrastructure.
  • Innovative financial models to make building modifications and/or protections more affordable to building owners.
  • Augmented/virtual reality applications for enhanced resilience infrastructure installation, operation, and maintenance as related to buildings.
  • Adaptation retrofit techniques and/or materials.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Anyone can submit a solution to the Challenge but only small businesses and non-profit entities that meet the criteria below will be eligible for funding and resources from the Resilience Innovation Fund (RIF), Accelerator and Hub & Testbed:

  • Entity is a small business (as defined by the U.S. Small Business Administration) or a non-profit organization;
  • Business or entity must be registered on sam.gov, have a DUNS number;
  • Must be eligible to receive funds from the United States government (RISE provides extensive compliance assistance);
  • Must be selected as a winner of the Challenge;
  • Must be able to demonstrate the proposed solution in the Hampton Roads region of Southeastern Virginia.

Applicants are not required to be a business or a non-profit entity and have a DUNS number or Sam.gov registration (both necessary for debarment verification) by the application submission deadline. However, applicants must be a small business or a non-profit entity and provide a DUNS number as well as sam.gov registration by May 29, 2020 which is the deadline for signing a contract with RISE if selected as a winner of the Challenge. For more details please read Applicant Guidelines. If you are not sure about your eligibility please reach out to us. We will provide guidance and answer your questions.

AWARDS

Resilience Innovation Fund

Applicants can apply for up to $250,000. RIF awards come in two forms: 1) partially forgivable loan advancement and 2) reimbursement grants. For more details please read Applicant Guidelines.

Resilience Innovation Accelerator

Selected winners will receive feedback from the Investment Committee. The Investment Committee may recommend making the award (or a portion of the award) contingent upon refinement of a business plan and/or workplan. In such case, the winners may be required to participate in a 2-month long Resilience Innovation Accelerator that will assist the winners with addressing the Investment Committee concerns and recommendations. Each winner will receive a $10,000 stipend for their participation. The participation will require 4 one-day in-person sessions, with the rest of the program conducted virtually. Upon a successful completion of the course, the rest of the award will be authorized by RISE. The Accelerator offers the Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program (ICAP) based on the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps techniques tailored to the resilience sector. The goal is to increase the likelihood of the businesses becoming sustainable and attracting private capital and/or customers after the RISE’s RIF award.

Resilience Innovation Hub

The winners will also gain access to a suite of Resilience Innovation Hub resources free of charge for a duration of their contract with RISE, including:

  • Co-working office space
  • Fabrication, assembly and testing space in a warehouse/workshop space
  • Assistance with securing real world pilot sites in one or multiple Hampton Roads cities
  • Datasets
  • Access to experts from Hampton Roads local governments and other regional stakeholders depending on a project (e.g. NAVY, NASA, Port of Virginia, Hospitals, Universities, etc.)
  • Access to Hampton Roads entrepreneurial community and programing
  • PR opportunities and media visibility
  • Regulatory/compliance technical assistance and assistance with permits

Timeline

March 16, 2020 12:00 pm EDT Application submission deadline
April 13, 2020 Finalists announced and invited to pitch to the RISE Investment Committee for funding from the Resilience Innovation Fund and other resources from the Resilience Innovation Hub.
April 27-30, 2020 Finalists in-person pitch presentations to the Investment Committee in Norfolk, Virginia.
May 8, 2020 Winners and funding levels announced.
May 29, 2020 Deadline for the winners to sign contracts
The week of June 1st, 2020 Launch of the Resilience Innovation Accelerator Launch of projects implementation
March 31, 2022 Deadline for projects implementation and contract closeout

*All dates are subject to change by RISE For more details please read Applicant Guidelines.

SCORING CRITERIA

Submissions will undergo an eligibility and regulatory review and will be evaluated based on the following criteria and weighting:

Strength of the solution & intellectual property (35%)
  • Need addressed & value proposition
  • Innovativeness
  • Solution stage
Business Plan (35%)
  • Strength of entrepreneurs & management team
  • Size of the market and revenue opportunity
  • Strength of competitive environment
  • Marketing, sales and partners
Project Workplan (30%)
  • Relevance to and advancement towards business plan goals
  • Clarity and quantification of milestones and metrics
  • Feasibility
  • Costs and timeline reasonableness

For more details please read Applicant Guidelines.

DATASETS

This section provide links to data sets that may be important to teams working on the suggested topic areas above. Please contact RISE if you need clarification of any other the data. Also, if you need additional data, please let us know and we will try to track them down.

RE-ESTABLISHING CRITICAL UTILITIES RESILIENCE CHALLENGE

WHAT WE’VE HEARD

Although not meant to be comprehensive, below are several suggested topic areas. Submissions do not need to be limited to these topic areas. However, to be eligible for funding from the RISE Innovation Fund, entrants must focus on a Hampton Roads need, while demonstrating the ability to scale to other communities.

  • Deployable critical utilities for major installations.
  • “Rainbomb” detection, warning and applications to protecting and/or re-establishing critical utilities.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Anyone can submit a solution to the Challenge but only small businesses and non-profit entities that meet the criteria below will be eligible for funding and resources from the Resilience Innovation Fund (RIF), Accelerator and Hub & Testbed:

  • Entity is a small business (as defined by the U.S. Small Business Administration) or a non-profit organization;
  • Business or entity must be registered on sam.gov, have a DUNS number;
  • Must be eligible to receive funds from the United States government (RISE provides extensive compliance assistance);
  • Must be selected as a winner of the Challenge;
  • Must be able to demonstrate the proposed solution in the Hampton Roads region of Southeastern Virginia.

Applicants are not required to be a business or a non-profit entity and have a DUNS number or Sam.gov registration by the application submission deadline. However, applicants must be a small business or a non-profit entity and provide a DUNS number as well as sam.gov registration by May 29, 2020 which is the deadline for signing a contract with RISE if selected as a winner of the Challenge. For more details please read Applicant Guidelines. If you are not sure about your eligibility please reach out to us. We will provide guidance and answer your questions.

AWARDS

Resilience Innovation Fund

Applicants can apply for up to $250,000. RIF awards come in two forms: 1) partially forgivable loan advancement and 2) reimbursement grants. For more details please read Applicant Guidelines.

Resilience Innovation Accelerator

Selected winners will receive feedback from the Investment Committee. The Investment Committee may recommend making the award (or a portion of the award) contingent upon refinement of a business plan and/or workplan. In such case, the winners may be required to participate in a 2-month long Resilience Innovation Accelerator that will assist the winners with addressing the Investment Committee concerns and recommendations. Each winner will receive a $10,000 stipend for their participation. The participation will require 4 one-day in-person sessions, with the rest of the program conducted virtually. Upon a successful completion of the course, the rest of the award will be authorized by RISE. The Accelerator offers the Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program (ICAP) based on the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps techniques tailored to the resilience sector. The goal is to increase the likelihood of the businesses becoming sustainable and attracting private capital and/or customers after the RISE’s RIF award.

Resilience Innovation Hub

The winners will also gain access to a suite of Resilience Innovation Hub resources free of charge for a duration of their contract with RISE, including:

  • Co-working office space
  • Fabrication, assembly and testing space in a warehouse/workshop space
  • Assistance with securing real world pilot sites in one or multiple Hampton Roads cities
  • Datasets
  • Access to experts from Hampton Roads local governments and other regional stakeholders depending on a project (e.g. NAVY, NASA, Port of Virginia, Hospitals, Universities, etc.)
  • Access to Hampton Roads entrepreneurial community and programing
  • PR opportunities and media visibility
  • Regulatory/compliance technical assistance and assistance with permits

TIMELINE

March 16, 2020 12:00 pm EDT Application submission deadline
April 13, 2020 Finalists announced and invited to pitch to the RISE Investment Committee for funding from the Resilience Innovation Fund and other resources from the Resilience Innovation Hub.
April 27-30, 2020 Finalists in-person pitch presentations to the Investment Committee in Norfolk, Virginia.
May 8, 2020 Winners and funding levels announced.
May 29, 2020 Deadline for the winners to sign contracts
The week of June 1st, 2020 Launch of the Resilience Innovation Accelerator Launch of projects implementation
March 31, 2022 Deadline for projects implementation and contract closeout

*All dates are subject to change by RISE For more details please read Applicant Guidelines.

SCORING CRITERIA

Submissions will undergo an eligibility and regulatory review and will be evaluated based on the following criteria and weighting:

Strength of the solution & intellectual property (35%)
  • Need addressed & value proposition
  • Innovativeness
  • Solution stage
Business Plan (35%)
  • Strength of entrepreneurs & management team
  • Size of the market and revenue opportunity
  • Strength of competitive environment
  • Marketing, sales and partners
Project Workplan (30%)
  • Relevance to and advancement towards business plan goals
  • Clarity and quantification of milestones and metrics
  • Feasibility
  • Costs and timeline reasonableness

For more details please read Applicant Guidelines.

DATASETS

This section provide links to data sets that may be important to teams working on the suggested topic areas above. Please contact RISE if you need clarification of any other the data. Also, if you need additional data, please let us know and we will try to track them down.

RECONNECTING NEIGHBORHOODS RESILIENCE CHALLENGE

WHAT WE’VE HEARD

Although not meant to be comprehensive, below are several suggested topic areas. Submissions do not need to be limited to these topic areas.

However, to be eligible for funding from the RISE Innovation Fund, entrants must focus on a Hampton Roads need, while demonstrating the ability to scale to other communities.

  • Economically sustainable ride-sharing system.
  • On-line training and placement services for assisting young adults in securing software or IT jobs remotely.
  • Establishing local food and water supplies with local vendors and governments to be available to residents after a major storm (or other) event that leads to disruption of these supplies for more than 24 hours.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Anyone can submit a solution to the Challenge but only small businesses and non-profit entities that meet the criteria below will be eligible for funding and resources from the Resilience Innovation Fund (RIF), Accelerator and Hub & Testbed:

  • Entity is a small business (as defined by the U.S. Small Business Administration) or a non-profit organization;
  • Business or entity must be registered on sam.gov, have a DUNS number;
  • Must be eligible to receive funds from the United States government (RISE provides extensive compliance assistance);
  • Must be selected as a winner of the Challenge;
  • Must be able to demonstrate the proposed solution in the Hampton Roads region of Southeastern Virginia.

Applicants are not required to be a business or a non-profit entity and have a DUNS number or Sam.gov registration (both necessary for non-debarment verification) by the application submission deadline. However, applicants must be a small business or a non-profit entity and provide a DUNS number as well as sam.gov registration by May 29, 2020 which is the deadline for signing a contract with RISE if selected as a winner of the Challenge.

For more details please read Applicant Guidelines. If you are not sure about your eligibility please reach out to us. We will provide guidance and answer your questions.

AWARDS

Resilience Innovation Fund

Applicants can apply for up to $250,000. RIF awards come in two forms: 1) partially forgivable loan advancement and 2) reimbursement grants.
For more details please read Applicant Guidelines.

Resilience Innovation Accelerator

Selected winners will receive feedback from the Investment Committee. The Investment Committee may recommend making the award (or a portion of the award) contingent upon refinement of a business plan and/or workplan. In such case, the winners may be required to participate in a 2-month long Resilience Innovation Accelerator that will assist the winners with addressing the Investment Committee concerns and recommendations. Each winner will receive a $10,000 stipend for their participation. The participation will require 4 one-day in-person sessions, with the rest of the program conducted virtually. Upon a successful completion of the course, the rest of the award will be authorized by RISE. The Accelerator offers the Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program (ICAP) based on the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps techniques tailored to the resilience sector. The goal is to increase the likelihood of the businesses becoming sustainable and attracting private capital and/or customers after the RISE’s RIF award.

Resilience Innovation Hub

The winners will also gain access to a suite of Resilience Innovation Hub resources free of charge for a duration of their contract with RISE, including:

  • Co-working office space
  • Fabrication, assembly and testing space in a warehouse/workshop space
  • Assistance with securing real world pilot sites in one or multiple Hampton Roads cities
  • Datasets
  • Access to experts from Hampton Roads local governments and other regional stakeholders depending on a project (e.g. NAVY, NASA, Port of Virginia, Hospitals, Universities, etc.)
  • Access to Hampton Roads entrepreneurial community and programing
  • PR opportunities and media visibility
  • Regulatory/compliance technical assistance and assistance with permits

AWARDS

March 16, 2020

12:00 pm EDT

Application submission deadline
April 13, 2020 Finalists announced and invited to pitch to the RISE Investment Committee for funding from the Resilience Innovation Fund and other resources from the Resilience Innovation Hub.
April 27-30, 2020 Finalists in-person pitch presentations to the Investment Committee in Norfolk, Virginia.
May 8, 2020 Winners and funding levels announced.
May 29, 2020 Deadline for the winners to sign contracts
The week of June 1st, 2020

Launch of the Resilience Innovation Accelerator

Launch of projects implementation

March 31, 2022 Deadline for projects implementation and contract closeout

*All dates are subject to change by RISE
For more details please read Applicant Guidelines

SCORING CRITERIA

Submissions will undergo an eligibility and regulatory review and will be evaluated based on the following criteria and weighting:

Strength of the solution & intellectual property (35%)
  • Need addressed & value proposition
  • Innovativeness
  • Solution stage
Business Plan (35%)
  • Strength of entrepreneurs & management team
  • Size of the market and revenue opportunity
  • Strength of competitive environment
  • Marketing, sales and partners
Project Workplan (30%)
  • Relevance to and advancement towards business plan goals
  • Clarity and quantification of milestones and metrics
  • Feasibility
  • Costs and timeline reasonableness

For more details please read Applicant Guidelines.

Datasets

This section provides links to data sets that may be important to teams working on the suggested topic areas above. Please contact RISE if you need clarification of any other the data. Also, if you need additional data, please let us know and we will try to track them down.

Urban Mobility Resilience Challenge

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Anyone can submit a solution to the Challenge but only small businesses (including small-business led teams) that meet the criteria below will be eligible for funding and resources from the Resilience Innovation Fund (RIF), Accelerator and Hub & Testbed:

  • Must be selected as one of the Challenge finalists (up to 5 finalists will be selected from Stage 1)
  • Finalist must be (or become prior to receiving funds) a small business, as defined by the U.S. Small Business Administration;
  • Business must be registered on sam.gov, have a DUNS number (steps for DUNS and sam.gov registration are available in Applicant Guidelines).
  • Must be eligible to receive funds from the United States government (RISE provides extensive compliance assistance throughout the entire process);
  • Must be able to demonstrate the proposed solution in the Hampton Roads region of Southeastern Virginia.

Please note that applicants are not required to be a business a DUNS number or Sam.gov registration (both necessary for non-debarment verification) by the Stage 1 application submission deadline. However, Challenge finalists selected from Stage 1 must be a small business and provide a DUNS number as well as sam.gov registration prior to receiving any funds from RISE in Stage 2. The DUNS number can be typically received within a week. The SAM.gov registration can take 4-6 weeks to receive, and applicants are strongly encouraged to begin this registration as soon as possible. There are no charges for either DUNS or SAM.gov registrations. For more details please read Applicant Guidelines. If you are not sure about your eligibility please reach out to us. We will provide guidance and answer your questions.

STAGES & AWARDS

Stage 1 (November 2019 – March 2020) In Stage 1, teams will build software to identify roadway flooding from tidal and rain flooding. Using data sets provided by RISE, they will automatically generate GeoJSON reports of flood hazards and road closures. Teams will submit a file containing these reports for a specific flooding event from the entrants’ algorithms in issuing hazard and closure reports as well as a document describing the business model for developing a business around this capability. Stage 2 (April – May 2019) Up to 5 finalists will be selected from these submissions. RISE will fund (up to) 5 finalists (up to) $30,000 each, to demonstrate their system ingesting real-time tidal (and other) data to provide a feed of flooding threats and flood-caused road closure reports to traffic guidance apps. Finalists will also have the opportunity to participate in the Resilience Innovation Accelerator and access resources from the Resilience Innovation Hub & Testbed. The payment will be divided into three milestones and deliverables. Stage 3 (July 2020 – January 2021) At least one winner will be selected to implement and demonstrate a real-time version which, if proven effective, will be made accessible to the general public in Hampton Roads. The winner will be funded up to $300,000 to implement and run a demonstration pilot. The demonstration will be overseen by city and industry experts with the participation of major stakeholders. The successful winner(s) may have a significant advantage in the market for this capability globally. For more details please read Applicant Guidelines.

TIMELINE

April 1, 2020 2:00 pm EDT Application submission deadline for Stage 1 of the Urban Mobility Resilience Challenge.
December 18, 2019 January 2020 February 2020 *Dates and times TBD Webinars
May 1, 2020 Finalists announced and invited to Stage 2 of the Urban Mobility Resilience Challenge. The finalists will receive up to $30,000 each from the Resilience Innovation Fund. They will also gain access to the Resilience Innovation Accelerator and resources from the Resilience Innovation Hub.
June 30, 2020 Deadline for Stage 2 submission (finalists only).
July 17, 2020 Winner(s) announced. Winner(s) will receive up to $300,000 for real world implementation and demonstration. Launch of project(s) implementation.
January 31, 2021 Deadline for project(s) implementation and contract closeout

*All dates are subject to change by RISE

SCORING CRITERIA – Stage 1

Submissions will undergo an eligibility and regulatory review and will be evaluated based on the following criteria and weighting: Up to 5 finalists will be selected from the Stage 1 submissions based on the following criteria:

  1. Incident and Closure reports will be assessed based on:
  • Accuracy of the spatial and temporal extents, as well as reported water depth of the flooded roadways
  • Ability to predict affected areas
  • Limited Type 1 and 2 errors

The performance of the algorithms will constitute 60% of the total score.

  1. The business plan will be scored based on:
  • Strength of entrepreneurs & management team
  • Size of the market and revenue opportunity
  • Strength of competitive environment
  • Marketing, sales and partners
  • Viability and scalability of the business model

The business plan will constitute 40% of the total score. The judging committee is made up of professionals and technical experts from local governments, business, and academia. For more details, including scoring criteria for Stage 2, please read Applicant Guidelines.

For more details, including a description of the datasets, please read Applicant Guidelines.

DATASETS

As detailed in the Applicant Guidelines, RISE will provide data to entrants working on the Urban Mobility Resilience Challenge. The data can be found here: Development Test Data and include three sub-directories described below. Additional datasets will be added shortly, and the intent is to provide enough information to get entrants started with software development and analysis.

  • Roadways: Contains maps of local roadways. Currently, data is for a limited area in Norfolk - enough to begin development and analysis. The full map will be complete and uploaded by the end of December 2019.
  • StormSense maps: The flood maps are contained in the links in the Word document in this directory. More StormSense maps will be uploaded in the next few days.
  • Waze documents: Contains the Waze guidance documents for building the GeoJSON hazard and road impassable reports as well as describing the process for road closure report development.

DATA ANALYTICS RESILIENCE CHALLENGE

WHAT WE’VE HEARD

Although not meant to be comprehensive, below are suggested topic areas in need of innovative solutions identified by entities operating in Hampton Roads and other coastal communities. Submissions do not need to be limited to these topic areas. However, to be eligible for funding from the RISE Resilience Innovation Fund, entrants must focus on a Hampton Roads need, while demonstrating the ability to scale to other communities.

  • Augmented/virtual reality applications for enhanced resilience infrastructure installation, operation, and maintenance.
  • “Rainbomb” detection, warning and applications.
  • Ground-, tidal-, and stormwater measurement networks.
  • Machine learning approaches to improve flooding forecast and mapping.
  • Innovative smartphone apps to enhance residents’ quality of life during acute and chronic (nuisance) stresses.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Anyone can submit a solution to the Challenge but only small businesses and non-profit entities will be eligible for funding and resources from the Resilience Innovation Fund (RIF), Accelerator and Hub & Testbed.

To be eligible for funding from the RIF, Accelerator and Hub & Testbed, teams must meet the following criteria:

  • Entity is a non-profit organization or meet the definition of a small business, as defined by the U.S. Small Business Administration;
  • Business or entity must be registered on sam.gov, have a DUNS number, and must be eligible to receive funds from the United States government (RISE provides extensive compliance assistance);
  • Must be selected as a winner of the Challenge
  • Must be able to demonstrate the proposed solution in the Hampton Roads region of Southeastern Virginia.

Applicants are not required to be a business or a non-profit entity and have a DUNS number or Sam.gov registration by the application submission deadline. However, applicants must be a small business or a non-profit entity and provide a DUNS number as well as sam.gov registration by May 29, 2020 which is the deadline for signing a contract with RISE if selected as a winner of the Challenge.

For more details please read Applicant Guidelines. If you are not sure about your eligibility please reach out to us. We will provide guidance and answer your questions

AWARDS

Resilience Innovation Fund

Applicants can apply for up to $250,000. RIF awards come in two forms: 1) partially forgivable loan advancement and 2) forgivable reimbursement grants.
For more details please read Applicant Guidelines.

Resilience Innovation Accelerator

Selected winners will receive feedback from the Investment Committee. The Investment Committee may recommend making the award (or a portion of the award) contingent upon refinement of a business plan and/or workplan. In such case, the winners may be required to participate in an up to 3-month long Resilience Innovation Accelerator that will assist the winners with addressing the Investment Committee concerns and recommendations.

Each winner will receive a $10,000 stipend for their participation. The participation will require 4 one-day in-person sessions, with the rest of the program conducted virtually. Upon a successful completion of the course, the rest of the award will be authorized by RISE.

The Accelerator offers the Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program (ICAP) based on the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps techniques tailored to the resilience sector. The goal is to increase the likelihood of the businesses becoming sustainable and attracting private capital and/or first customers after the RISE’s RIF award.

Resilience Innovation Hub

The winners will also gain access to a suite of Resilience Innovation Hub resources free of charge for a duration of their contract with RISE, including:

  • Co-working office space
  • Fabrication, assembly and testing space in a warehouse/workshop space
  • Assistance with securing real world pilot sites in one or multiple Hampton Roads cities
  • Datasets
  • Access to experts from Hampton Roads local governments and other regional stakeholders depending on a project (e.g. NAVY, NASA, Port of Virginia, Hospitals, Universities, etc.)
  • Access to Hampton Roads entrepreneurial community and programing
  • PR opportunities and media visibility
  • Regulatory/compliance technical assistance and assistance with permits

TIMELINE

March 16, 2020

12:00 pm EDT

Application submission deadline
April 13, 2020 Finalists announced and invited to pitch to the RISE Investment Committee for funding from the Resilience Innovation Fund and other resources from the Resilience Innovation Hub.
April 27-30, 2020 Finalists in-person pitch presentations to the Investment Committee in Norfolk, Virginia.
May 8, 2020 Winners and funding levels announced.
May 29, 2020 Deadline for the winners to sign contracts
The week of June 1st, 2020 Launch of the Resilience Innovation Accelerator

Launch of projects implementation

March 31, 2022 Deadline for projects implementation and contract closeout

*All dates are subject to change by RISE
For more details please read Applicant Guidelines.

SCORING CRITERIA

Submissions will undergo an eligibility and regulatory review and will be evaluated based on the following criteria and weighting:

Strength of the solution & intellectual property (25%)
  • Need addressed & value proposition
  • Innovativeness
  • Solution stage
Business Plan (30%)
  • Strength of entrepreneurs & management team
  • Size of the market and revenue opportunity
  • Strength of competitive environment
  • Marketing, sales and partners
Project Workplan (30%)
  • Relevance to and advancement towards business plan goals
  • Clarity and quantification of milestones and metrics
  • Feasibility
  • Costs and timeline reasonableness
Economic impact potential in Hampton Roads (15%)

For more details please read Applicant Guidelines.

DATASETS

This section provide links to data sets that may be important to teams working on the suggested topic areas above. Please contact RISE if you need clarification of any other the data. Also, if you need additional data, please let us know and we will try to track them down.

PROTECTION OF BUILDINGS RESILIENCE CHALLENGE

WHAT WE’VE HEARD

Although not meant to be comprehensive, below are suggested topic areas in need of innovative solutions identified by entities operating in Hampton Roads and other coastal communities. Submissions do not need to be limited to these topic areas. However, to be eligible for funding from the RISE Resilience Innovation Fund, entrants must focus on a Hampton Roads need, while demonstrating the ability to scale to other communities.

  • “Rainbomb” detection, warning and applications to protecting buildings quickly.
  • Quick-reacting, affordable building protection for “rainbomb” (rapid, short-lived) flooding events.
  • 3-D printing applications for building protection and resilience infrastructure.
  • Innovative financial models to make building modifications and/or protections more affordable to building owners.
  • Augmented/virtual reality applications for enhanced resilience infrastructure installation, operation, and maintenance as related to buildings.
  • Adaptation retrofit techniques and/or materials.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Anyone can submit a solution to the Challenge but only small businesses and non-profit entities will be eligible for funding and resources from the Resilience Innovation Fund (RIF), Accelerator and Hub & Testbed.

To be eligible for funding from the RIF, Accelerator and Hub & Testbed, teams must meet the following criteria:

  • Entity is a non-profit organization or meet the definition of a small business, as defined by the U.S. Small Business Administration;
  • Business or entity must be registered on sam.gov, have a DUNS number
  • Must be eligible to receive funds from the United States government (RISE provides extensive compliance assistance);
  • Must be selected as a winner of the Challenge;
  • Must be able to demonstrate the proposed solution in the Hampton Roads region of Southeastern Virginia.

Applicants are not required to be a business or a non-profit entity and have a DUNS number or Sam.gov registration (both necessary for debarment verification) by the application submission deadline. However, applicants must be a small business or a non-profit entity and provide a DUNS number as well as sam.gov registration by May 29, 2020 which is the deadline for signing a contract with RISE if selected as a winner of the Challenge.

For more details please read Applicant Guidelines. If you are not sure about your eligibility please reach out to us. We will provide guidance and answer your questions.

AWARDS

Resilience Innovation Fund

Applicants can apply for up to $250,000. RIF awards come in two forms: 1) partially forgivable loan advancement and 2) forgivable reimbursement grants.

For more details please read Applicant Guidelines.

Resilience Innovation Accelerator

Selected winners will receive feedback from the Investment Committee. The Investment Committee may recommend making the award (or a portion of the award) contingent upon refinement of a business plan and/or workplan. In such case, the winners may be required to participate in an up to 3-month long Resilience Innovation Accelerator that will assist the winners with addressing the Investment Committee concerns and recommendations.

Each winner will receive a $10,000 stipend for their participation. The participation will require 4 one-day in-person sessions, with the rest of the program conducted virtually. Upon a successful completion of the course, the rest of the award will be authorized by RISE.

The Accelerator offers the Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program (ICAP) based on the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps techniques tailored to the resilience sector. The goal is to increase the likelihood of the businesses becoming sustainable and attracting private capital and/or first customers after the RISE’s RIF award.

Resilience Innovation Hub

The winners will also gain access to a suite of Resilience Innovation Hub resources free of charge for a duration of their contract with RISE, including:

  • Co-working office space
  • Fabrication, assembly and testing space in a warehouse/workshop space
  • Assistance with securing real world pilot sites in one or multiple Hampton Roads cities
  • Datasets
  • Access to experts from Hampton Roads local governments and other regional stakeholders depending on a project (e.g. NAVY, NASA, Port of Virginia, Hospitals, Universities, etc.)
  • Access to Hampton Roads entrepreneurial community and programing
  • PR opportunities and media visibility
  • Regulatory/compliance technical assistance and assistance with permits

Timeline

March 16, 2020

12:00 pm EDT

Application submission deadline
April 13, 2020 Finalists announced and invited to pitch to the RISE Investment Committee for funding from the Resilience Innovation Fund and other resources from the Resilience Innovation Hub.
April 27-30, 2020 Finalists in-person pitch presentations to the Investment Committee in Norfolk, Virginia.
May 8, 2020 Winners and funding levels announced.
May 29, 2020 Deadline for the winners to sign contracts
The week of June 1st, 2020 Launch of the Resilience Innovation Accelerator

Launch of projects implementation

March 31, 2022 Deadline for projects implementation and contract closeout

*All dates are subject to change by RISE
For more details please read Applicant Guidelines.

SCORING CRITERIA

Submissions will undergo an eligibility and regulatory review and will be evaluated based on the following criteria and weighting:

Strength of the solution & intellectual property (25%)
  • Need addressed & value proposition
  • Innovativeness
  • Solution stage
Business Plan (30%)
  • Strength of entrepreneurs & management team
  • Size of the market and revenue opportunity
  • Strength of competitive environment
  • Marketing, sales and partners
Project Workplan (30%)
  • Relevance to and advancement towards business plan goals
  • Clarity and quantification of milestones and metrics
  • Feasibility
  • Costs and timeline reasonableness
Economic impact potential in Hampton Roads (15%)

For more details please read Applicant Guidelines.

DATASETS

This section provide links to data sets that may be important to teams working on the suggested topic areas above. Please contact RISE if you need clarification of any other the data. Also, if you need additional data, please let us know and we will try to track them down.

RE-ESTABLISHING CRITICAL UTILITIES RESILIENCE CHALLENGE

WHAT WE’VE HEARD

Although not meant to be comprehensive, below are several suggested topic areas. Submissions do not need to be limited to these topic areas.

However, to be eligible for funding from the RISE Innovation Fund, entrants must focus on a Hampton Roads need, while demonstrating the

ability to scale to other communities.

  • Deployable critical utilities for major installations.
  • “Rainbomb” detection, warning and applications to protecting and/or re-establishing critical utilities.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Anyone can submit a solution to the Challenge but only small businesses and non-profit entities will be eligible for funding and resources from the Resilience Innovation Fund (RIF), Accelerator and Hub & Testbed.

To be eligible for funding from the RIF, Accelerator and Hub & Testbed, teams must meet the following criteria:

  • Entity is a non-profit organization or meet the definition of a small business, as defined by the U.S. Small Business Administration;
  • Business or entity must be registered on sam.gov, have a DUNS number;
  • Must be eligible to receive funds from the United States government (RISE provides extensive compliance assistance);
  • Must be selected as a winner of the Challenge;
  • Must be able to demonstrate the proposed solution in the Hampton Roads region of Southeastern Virginia.

Applicants are not required to be a business or a non-profit entity and have a DUNS number or Sam.gov registration by the application submission deadline. However, applicants must be a small business or a non-profit entity and provide a DUNS number as well as sam.gov registration by May 29, 2020 which is the deadline for signing a contract with RISE if selected as a winner of the Challenge.

For more details please read Applicant Guidelines. If you are not sure about your eligibility please reach out to us. We will provide guidance and answer your questions.

AWARDS

Resilience Innovation Fund

Applicants can apply for up to $250,000. RIF awards come in two forms: 1) partially forgivable loan advancement and 2) forgivable reimbursement grants.

For more details please read Applicant Guidelines.

Resilience Innovation Accelerator

Selected winners will receive feedback from the Investment Committee. The Investment Committee may recommend making the award (or a portion of the award) contingent upon refinement of a business plan and/or workplan. In such case, the winners may be required to participate in an up to 3-month long Resilience Innovation Accelerator that will assist the winners with addressing the Investment Committee concerns and recommendations.

Each winner will receive a $10,000 stipend for their participation. The participation will require 4 one-day in-person sessions, with the rest of the program conducted virtually. Upon a successful completion of the course, the rest of the award will be authorized by RISE.

The Accelerator offers the Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program (ICAP) based on the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps techniques tailored to the resilience sector. The goal is to increase the likelihood of the businesses becoming sustainable and attracting private capital and/or first customers after the RISE’s RIF award.

Resilience Innovation Hub

The winners will also gain access to a suite of Resilience Innovation Hub resources free of charge for a duration of their contract with RISE, including:

  • Co-working office space
  • Fabrication, assembly and testing space in a warehouse/workshop space
  • Assistance with securing real world pilot sites in one or multiple Hampton Roads cities
  • Datasets
  • Access to experts from Hampton Roads local governments and other regional stakeholders depending on a project (e.g. NAVY, NASA, Port of Virginia, Hospitals, Universities, etc.)
  • Access to Hampton Roads entrepreneurial community and programing
  • PR opportunities and media visibility
  • Regulatory/compliance technical assistance and assistance with permits

TIMELINE

March 16, 2020

12:00 pm EDT

Application submission deadline
April 13, 2020 Finalists announced and invited to pitch to the RISE Investment Committee for funding from the Resilience Innovation Fund and other resources from the Resilience Innovation Hub.
April 27-30, 2020 Finalists in-person pitch presentations to the Investment Committee in Norfolk, Virginia.
May 8, 2020 Winners and funding levels announced.
May 29, 2020 Deadline for the winners to sign contracts
The week of June 1st, 2020 Launch of the Resilience Innovation Accelerator

Launch of projects implementation

March 31, 2022 Deadline for projects implementation and contract closeout

*All dates are subject to change by RISE
For more details please read Applicant Guidelines.

SCORING CRITERIA

Submissions will undergo an eligibility and regulatory review and will be evaluated based on the following criteria and weighting:

Strength of the solution & intellectual property (25%)
  • Need addressed & value proposition
  • Innovativeness
  • Solution stage
Business Plan (30%)
  • Strength of entrepreneurs & management team
  • Size of the market and revenue opportunity
  • Strength of competitive environment
  • Marketing, sales and partners
Project Workplan (30%)
  • Relevance to and advancement towards business plan goals
  • Clarity and quantification of milestones and metrics
  • Feasibility
  • Costs and timeline reasonableness
Economic impact potential in Hampton Roads (15%)

For more details please read Applicant Guidelines.

DATASETS

This section provide links to data sets that may be important to teams working on the suggested topic areas above. Please contact RISE if you need clarification of any other the data. Also, if you need additional data, please let us know and we will try to track them down.

RECONNECTING NEIGHBORHOODS RESILIENCE CHALLENGE

WHAT WE’VE HEARD

Although not meant to be comprehensive, below are several suggested topic areas. Submissions do not need to be limited to these topic areas.

However, to be eligible for funding from the RISE Innovation Fund, entrants must focus on a Hampton Roads need, while demonstrating the ability to scale to other communities.

  • Economically sustainable ride-sharing system.
  • On-line training and placement services for assisting young adults in securing software or IT jobs remotely.
  • Establishing local food and water supplies with local vendors and governments to be available to residents after a major storm (or other) event that leads to disruption of these supplies for more than 24 hours.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Anyone can submit a solution to the Challenge but only small businesses and non-profit entities will be eligible for funding and resources from the Resilience Innovation Fund (RIF), Accelerator and Hub & Testbed.

To be eligible for funding from the RIF, Accelerator and Hub & Testbed, teams must meet the following criteria:

  • Entity is a non-profit organization or meet the definition of a small business, as defined by the U.S. Small Business Administration;
  • Business or entity must be registered on sam.gov, have a DUNS number;
  • Must be eligible to receive funds from the United States government (RISE provides extensive compliance assistance);
  • Must be selected as a winner of the Challenge;
  • Must be able to demonstrate the proposed solution in the Hampton Roads region of Southeastern Virginia.

Applicants are not required to be a business or a non-profit entity and have a DUNS number or Sam.gov registration (both necessary for debarment verification) by the application submission deadline. However, applicants must be a small business or a non-profit entity and provide a DUNS number as well as sam.gov registration by May 29, 2020 which is the deadline for signing a contract with RISE if selected as a winner of the Challenge.

For more details please read Applicant Guidelines. If you are not sure about your eligibility please reach out to us. We will provide guidance and answer your questions.

AWARDS

Resilience Innovation Fund

Applicants can apply for up to $250,000. RIF awards come in two forms: 1) partially forgivable loan advancement and 2) forgivable reimbursement grants.
For more details please read Applicant Guidelines.

Resilience Innovation Accelerator

Selected winners will receive feedback from the Investment Committee. The Investment Committee may recommend making the award (or a portion of the award) contingent upon refinement of a business plan and/or workplan. In such case, the winners may be required to participate in an up to 3-month long Resilience Innovation Accelerator that will assist the winners with addressing the Investment Committee concerns and recommendations.

Each winner will receive a $10,000 stipend for their participation. The participation will require 4 one-day in-person sessions, with the rest of the program conducted virtually. Upon a successful completion of the course, the rest of the award will be authorized by RISE.

The Accelerator offers the Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program (ICAP) based on the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps techniques tailored to the resilience sector. The goal is to increase the likelihood of the businesses becoming sustainable and attracting private capital and/or first customers after the RISE’s RIF award.

Resilience Innovation Hub

The winners will also gain access to a suite of Resilience Innovation Hub resources free of charge for a duration of their contract with RISE, including:

  • Co-working office space
  • Fabrication, assembly and testing space in a warehouse/workshop space
  • Assistance with securing real world pilot sites in one or multiple Hampton Roads cities
  • Datasets
  • Access to experts from Hampton Roads local governments and other regional stakeholders depending on a project (e.g. NAVY, NASA, Port of Virginia, Hospitals, Universities, etc.)
  • Access to Hampton Roads entrepreneurial community and programing
  • PR opportunities and media visibility
  • Regulatory/compliance technical assistance and assistance with permits

AWARDS

March 16, 2020

12:00 pm EDT

Application submission deadline
April 13, 2020 Finalists announced and invited to pitch to the RISE Investment Committee for funding from the Resilience Innovation Fund and other resources from the Resilience Innovation Hub.
April 27-30, 2020 Finalists in-person pitch presentations to the Investment Committee in Norfolk, Virginia.
May 8, 2020 Winners and funding levels announced.
May 29, 2020 Deadline for the winners to sign contracts
The week of June 1st, 2020 Launch of the Resilience Innovation Accelerator

Launch of projects implementation

March 31, 2022 Deadline for projects implementation and contract closeout

*All dates are subject to change by RISE
For more details please read Applicant Guidelines

SCORING CRITERIA

Submissions will undergo an eligibility and regulatory review and will be evaluated based on the following criteria and weighting:

Strength of the solution & intellectual property (25%)
  • Need addressed & value proposition
  • Innovativeness
  • Solution stage
Business Plan (30%)
  • Strength of entrepreneurs & management team
  • Size of the market and revenue opportunity
  • Strength of competitive environment
  • Marketing, sales and partners
Project Workplan (30%)
  • Relevance to and advancement towards business plan goals
  • Clarity and quantification of milestones and metrics
  • Feasibility
  • Costs and timeline reasonableness
Economic impact potential in Hampton Roads (15%)

For more details please read Applicant Guidelines.

Datasets

This section provides links to data sets that may be important to teams working on the suggested topic areas above. Please contact RISE if you need clarification of any other the data. Also, if you need additional data, please let us know and we will try to track them down.

Urban Mobility Resilience Challenge

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Anyone can submit a solution to the Challenge but only small businesses and non-profit entities will be eligible for funding and resources from the Resilience Innovation Fund (RIF), Accelerator and Hub & Testbed.

To be eligible for funding from the RIF, Accelerator and Hub & Testbed, teams must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be selected as one of the Challenge finalists (up to 5 finalists will be selected from Stage 1)
  • Finalist must be (or become prior to receiving funds) a small business, as defined by the U.S. Small Business Administration;
  • Business must be registered on sam.gov, have a DUNS number (steps for DUNS and sam.gov registration are available in Applicant Guidelines).
  • Must be eligible to receive funds from the United States government (RISE provides extensive compliance assistance throughout the entire process);
  • Must be able to demonstrate the proposed solution in the Hampton Roads region of Southeastern Virginia.

Please note that applicants are not required to be a business a DUNS number or Sam.gov registration (both necessary for debarment verification) by the Stage 1 application submission deadline. However, Challenge finalists selected from Stage 1 must be a small business and provide a DUNS number as well as sam.gov registration prior to receiving any funds from RISE in Stage 2.

The DUNS number can be typically received within a week. The SAM.gov registration can take 4-6 weeks to receive, and applicants are strongly encouraged to begin this registration as soon as possible. There are no charges for either DUNS or SAM.gov registrations.

For more details please read Applicant Guidelines. If you are not sure about your eligibility please reach out to us. We will provide guidance and answer your questions.

STAGES & AWARDS

Stage 1 (November 2019 – March 2020)
In Stage 1, teams will build software to identify roadway flooding from tidal and rain flooding. Using data sets provided by RISE, they will automatically generate GeoJSON reports of flood hazards and road closures. Teams will submit a file containing these reports for a specific flooding event from the entrants’ algorithms in issuing hazard and closure reports as well as a document describing the business model for developing a business around this capability.

Stage 2 (April – May 2019)
Up to 5 finalists will be selected from these submissions. RISE will fund (up to) 5 finalists (up to) $30,000 each, to demonstrate their system ingesting real-time tidal (and other) data to provide a feed of flooding threats and flood-caused road closure reports to traffic guidance apps. Finalists will also have the opportunity to participate in the Resilience Innovation Accelerator and access resources from the Resilience Innovation Hub & Testbed. The payment will be divided into three milestones and deliverables.

Stage 3 (July 2020 – January 2021)
At least one winner will be selected to implement and demonstrate a real-time version which, if proven effective, will be made accessible to the general public in Hampton Roads. The winner will be funded up to $300,000 to implement and run a demonstration pilot. The demonstration will be overseen by city and industry experts with the participation of major stakeholders. The successful winner(s) may have a significant advantage in the market for this capability globally.

For more details please read Applicant Guidelines.

TIMELINE

April 1, 2020
2:00 pm EDT
Application submission deadline for Stage 1 of the Urban Mobility Resilience Challenge.
December 18, 2019
January 2020
February 2020
*Dates and times TBD
Webinars
May 1, 2020 Finalists announced and invited to Stage 2 of the Urban Mobility Resilience Challenge.

The finalists will receive up to $30,000 each from the Resilience Innovation Fund. They will also gain access to the Resilience Innovation Accelerator and resources from the Resilience Innovation Hub.

June 30, 2020 Deadline for Stage 2 submission (finalists only).
July 17, 2020 Winner(s) announced. Winner(s) will receive up to $300,000 for real world implementation and demonstration. Launch of project(s) implementation.
January 31, 2021 Deadline for project(s) implementation and contract closeout

*All dates are subject to change by RISE

SCORING CRITERIA – Stage 1

Submissions will undergo an eligibility and regulatory review and will be evaluated based on the following criteria and weighting:

Up to 5 finalists will be selected from the Stage 1 submissions based on the following criteria:

  1. Incident and Closure reports will be assessed based on:
  • Accuracy of the spatial and temporal extents, as well as reported water depth of the flooded roadways
  • Ability to predict affected areas
  • Limited Type 1 and 2 errors

The performance of the algorithms will constitute 60% of the total score.

  1. The business plan will be scored based on:
  • Strength of entrepreneurs & management team
  • Size of the market and revenue opportunity
  • Strength of competitive environment
  • Marketing, sales and partners
  • Viability and scalability of the business model

The business plan will constitute 40% of the total score.

The judging committee is made up of professionals and technical experts from local governments, business, and academia.

For more details, including scoring criteria for Stage 2, please read Applicant Guidelines.

DATASETS

Applicants will build develop their hazard identification algorithms and software using the following data sets:

Development Test Data:

  • Roadways
  • Tidal and Rain Flooding Data
  • Waze Road Closure Tool
  • Waze Incident Information
  • Waze Road Closure Information

For more details, including a description of the datasets, please read Applicant Guidelines.