• Headshot of Suzi Housley for StormSensor

    Storm Sensor – Suzie Housley

    We would encourage startups and new technologies in the civic space to apply to RISE Challenges. Being part of RISE will give you access to interested and engaged civic partners from the start. RISE funding allows you to envision what an ideal deployment would look like, and it will give you the opportunity to put …

  • April headshot from Re:Public with testimonial


    We would recommend RISE to any companies considering applying to future Challenges, they’re very supportive of the companies that they fund. The introductions RISE helped us make in Hampton Roads led to a pilot project in the region.

  • Demetris Gray headshot from WeatherCheck


    I’d encourage any company considering a RISE Challenge to apply. I think RISE is the model of how we should look at how government and technology can work together. If you’re in the resiliency sector and are looking for a place to point and say “there are my people,” it’s Hampton Roads, Virginia.

  • Testimonial with headshot of Leonard Nelson


    The opportunity to work with RISE has been transformative for our business. RISE has a deep understanding of resilience problems faced by coastal communities, and in particular stakeholders in the Hampton Roads area. They provide additional perspective and networking opportunities (including with other RISE award winners) that we might miss as a commercial business focused on …

  • FloodMapp


    Working with RISE has given us the opportunity to work with organizations and communities suffering directly from the problems we are solving. The RISE program is a great way to validate the problem, pilot your solution with real users and customers, and collect valuable feedback on your products as you commercialize them.

  • Testimonial from StormSensor from Steven Cal

    StormSensor – Steven Cal

    Working with RISE has been an amazing opportunity for us. It is tough to be a startup selling to the public sector, which tends to be slower-moving, risk-averse, and needs to see an abundance of evidence and case studies to act. RISE has been more than helpful in aiding us through the process and connecting …