RISE Resilience Challenge

RISE Announces the Launch of its $2 Million Coastal Community Resilience Challenges

RISE announced the launch of six RISE Coastal Community Resilience Challenges. These Challenges will award a total of $2 million to small businesses with innovative resilience solutions that create substantial new value, can be demonstrated in the Hampton Roads region of Southeastern Virginia, and can be built into sustainable businesses.

Virginia Governor Newsroom

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.

The Virginian-Pilot

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.

Route Fifty

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.


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.