Join Our Solution Builders

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 Virginia 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.

Here’s 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

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 more than $5 million in financial support and services to 35 businesses developing new, scalable solutions that help coastal communities adapt to flooding, storm surge, and climate change impacts.