Governor Northam Announces $1.5M for Winners of the Inaugural RISE Coastal Community Challenge

The six small business winners will each receive between $160,000 and $310,000 to build innovative products, services and workforce development programs to help coastal communities adapt to climate change. .

Startup Wants to Turn Hampton Roads Into Pilot Project for Harnessing the Power of Traffic

His system would harness power that otherwise would have been lost from cars braking and turn it into cheap, emission-free electricity.

Entrepreneurs May Save Us From Climate Change

Adapting to climate change will require new approaches at the local level. On the Chesapeake Bay, entrepreneurs are being incentivized to find the answers.

Press Release: RISE Announces Finalists of the $1.2M Coastal Community Resilience Challenge

The 2018 Challenge sought innovative solutions around major resilience issues that can be demonstrated in the Hampton Roads region of Southeastern Virginia, can be built into sustainable businesses, and are scalable to other communities.

RISE, MIT Solve and City of Norfolk Co-host a Challenge Design Workshop on Coastal Resilience

The workshop has attracted more than 50 participants, including the Chief Resilience Officers from several of the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities initiative, international experts and regional representatives from local government, military, ports, non-profit and academic sectors.

RISE Seeks to Raise Discourse on Sea Level Threat

RISE, a newly formed nonprofit, wants to elevate Hampton Roads as a global leader in addressing the impact of sea level rise.

Hampton Roads Leaders Come to Resilience Forum to Address Sea Level Rise, Flooding

Building resilience will take more than just one community. It will require several communities to gather, share knowledge and work together to create a more protected and sustainable environment. That was the recurring message at the Hampton Roads Resilience Forum. Municipal, business and community leaders gathered to address sea level rise and recurrent flooding at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott on Aug. Read more

RISE Co-hosts Inaugural Resilience Forum Focused on Local Businesses

“Businesses across the region cannot sit by while shocks and stresses challenge our community,” said Bryan Stephens, president and CEO of the chamber. “Instead, the Hampton Roads Business community must engage in efforts to improve our resilience and coastal adaptation — whether through developing new technology, training local residents for jobs for the resilience economy, or collaborating with local government.”

Got an idea to combat flooding? A Norfolk nonprofit might have some money for you

“Rising sea levels are a massive threat to Hampton Roads and its economy. How can local governments tackle such a huge problem? By betting on the little guys. That’s the logic behind the nonprofit RISE, which will fund small businesses that are working on solutions to flooding and other problems caused by climate change and sinking land.”

RISE looks globally for solutions to Hampton Roads’ flooding issues

“RISE, the nonprofit focused on seeking solutions to the problems coastal communities face with sea level rise and recurrent flooding, is rising to the occasion with a new challenge. The Coastal Community Resilience Challenge is open to teams worldwide and seeks innovative technology-based solutions that address any of five resilience topics.”

Local organization challenges teams to solve sea level rise

“A local non-profit is challenging teams and entrepreneurs to come up with ways to solve sea level rise. Rise is a non-profit organization that focuses on solving resilience problems in coastal communities, including sea level rise, recurrent flooding and economic resilience. At the end of the month, they’ll host a Solveathon facilitated by MIT Solve.”

Norfolk and RISE Host MIT Solve Challenge Design Workshop on Coastal Resilience

“The workshop has attracted more than 50 participants, including the Chief Resilience Officers from several of the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities initiative, international experts and regional representatives from local government, military, ports, non-profit and academic sectors.”

ODU, MIT Solve and RISE Co-Host Workshop for Local Entrepreneurs Focused on Coastal Resilience Solutions

“Regional entrepreneurs used business solutions to tackle resilience challenges faced by coastal communities during a recent Solveathon held at the Slover Library in Norfolk. The event was co-hosted by Old Dominion University”

RISE to participate with Cities in Procuring Resilience Workshop

“This May, officials from 7 cities and a select group of private sector leaders will come together in Detroit, MI to jumpstart action towards upgrading water infrastructure systems at the Procuring Resilience Workshop.”