WE’RE RISE.

OFFERING $2 MILLION IN FUNDING FOR CREATIVE SOLUTIONS TO PROTECT COASTAL COMMUNITIES.

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Urban Mobility Resilience Challenge

Apply by June 1, 2020
Apply for funding to create an app with WAZE, giving Coastal Va. users real-time flood information.

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Coastal Community Resilience Challenge

Apply by March 20, 2020
Apply for funding to create resilience solutions for before, during and after flooding.

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Urban Mobility Resilience Challenge

Apply by June 1, 2020
RISE is partnering with Norfolk and Virginia Beach — and now with cities that share Coastal Virginia’s flooding challenges, Miami and Houston — to create a next generation traffic app that offers users critical, real-time flood information and routing options.

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Coastal Community Resilience Challenge

Submissions Closed. Stay Tuned for Fall 2020 New Challenge Announcements.
In addition to the Urban Mobility Resilience Challenge we have worked with coastal Virginia civic and business leaders, along with stakeholders from other coastal communities, to identify the other key areas in which to concentrate our problem solving:

FLOOD
MANAGEMENT

DATA
ANALYTICS

PROTECTION OF
BUILDINGS

RE-ESTABLISHING
CRITICAL UTILITIES

RECONNECTING
NEIGHBORHOODS

Meet RISE-funded entrepreneurs who are making a powerful impact.

Evelyn Tickle Re-Imagines Oyster Reefs.

In 2018, we funded Evelyn Tickle, CEO of GROW Oyster Reefs, LLC and an assistant professor of Architectural Design at James Madison University – for her innovative flood management solution. Inspired by bio mimicry, the imitation of biological designs, Evelyn began a study of concrete-like secretions of oyster reefs. Today, she specializes in making concrete products and infrastructures that promote and enhance marine ecology by building reefs. She created a shell-less formulation chemically similar to oyster shells, which creates small tiles and cones that imitate the substrate of reefs – and that can be used to start new oyster reefs or fill in gaps in those that are deteriorating.

Tim Stromberg Curbs nuisance flooding.

Tim Stromberg, Co-founder of InfraSGA, was also funded in 2018 for the Coastal Community Resilience Challenge – Flood Management. Tim designed a standardized, yet adaptable storm water run-off, which when placed curbside, acts as a barrier to guide water into naturally cleansing channels, managing nuisance flooding and improving water quality.

Jim Nigg converts vehicle motion into electricity.

Also in 2018, we awarded Jim Nigg, CEO of Constructis Energy, for the Coastal Community Resilience Challenge – Re-establishing Critical Utilities. Today, Jim is testing patent-pending technology that harnesses kinetic energy from moving traffic to provide emergency power storage. RISE funded his development and demonstration of rumble strip boxes over which cars and trucks drive, capturing the kinetic energy of the vehicle’s motion and converting that to electricity.

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