Virginia Business

Four Va. businesses to receive flood solutions funding

RISE challenge winners could receive up to $300,000 each.

RISE

RISE Announces Winners of $3M Rural and Urban Coastal Community Resilience Challenges

Eight businesses will each receive up to $300,000 in funding and support to pilot solutions addressing sea level rise and flooding in coastal Virginia.

WAVY

Raise or retreat? Home elevation aims to protect historic houses

FEMA has paid millions of dollars to raise more than 120 homes across Hampton Roads in the last decade, but industry expert John Sargent believes that’s not nearly enough to keep our region afloat.

That’s why Sargent brought the Home Raising Academy to Hampton Roads. The Home Raising Academy was funded by a $250,000 RISE resiliency grant.

The Washington Post

Backed-up pipes, stinky yards: Climate change is wrecking septic tanks

As climate change intensifies, septic failures are emerging as a vexing issue for local governments.

Lewie Lawrence, executive director of the Middle Peninsula Planning District, is looking for solutions, partnering with RISE, a Norfolk-based technology innovations accelerator, in a challenge to design septic systems that can be elevated much like HVAC systems.

Storm Water Solutions Magazine

Evaluating Economic Risks & Opportunities of a Flooded Future

As sea levels continue to rise in coastal communities, so does the demand for innovative solutions that will help residents adapt.

WAVY

Searching for solutions: Norfolk nonprofit helps communities RISE above climate challenges

Leaders in coastal regions like Hampton Roads are battling a flood of resiliency problems, but in the face of the storm there’s a group in Norfolk working to show the community that there’s a silver lining.

The Associated Press

Safety app for drivers debuts in flood-plagued Virginia city

Sea-level rise on Virginia’s coast means that an afternoon rainstorm can strand hundreds of drivers on flooded streets. A traffic app now warns drivers of swamped roads in real time, illustrating how one city is trying to adapt to climate change.

Government Technology

Norfolk, Va., Offers Real-Time Flood Data to Drivers

Waze, a navigation app owned by Google, has partnered with Norfolk, Va., to pilot an app that will allow drivers to get real-time information about flooded roads. The alert system was set up Monday.

Waze is piloting the program with Norfolk. The forecasting technology comes from FloodMapp, a climate tech company funded by RISE Resilience Innovations, the Norfolk-based nonprofit that doles out money and resources to find solutions to environmental challenges.

WAVY

Local nonprofit, Norfolk, working with climate tech startup to provide flooding information on GPS app

Do you ever wish your GPS could tell you where there’s flooding and which roads to avoid? Well, there’s now an app for that.

It’s thanks to a partnership between the local nonprofit RISE, the GPS app Waze, the City of Norfolk and the company FloodMapp.

WVEC

Know Before you Go: Norfolk Waze users can track flooded roads

A new app feature through Waze tracks flooded roads and Norfolk drivers were the first to use it.

WTKR

Waze rolls out pilot program in Norfolk helping drivers avoid flooded roads in real-time

FloodMapp, the winner of the RISE Urban Mobility Resilience Challenge, will integrate its forecast flooding technology with Waze to offer drivers alerts about flooded roads.

The Virginian-Pilot

Waze users in Norfolk can receive real-time alerts about flooded roads

Norfolk drivers have become attuned to the street-by-street nuances of navigating flooding. Now they’ll be the first to test a more precise way to maneuver around floodwaters, based not on local smarts but real-time data. 

RISE

RISE Challenge Winner FloodMapp Launches Integration with Waze to Help Drivers Avoid Flooded Roads in Real-Time

Funded as the winner of the RISE Urban Mobility Resilience Challenge, FloodMapp’s innovative solution allows Waze to offer drivers real-time, street-level alerts of flooded roads. FloodMapp is piloting the program in Norfolk, Virginia, where Waze users will be the first to test the new feature. 

WHRO

At a Crossroads: Local program helps fund business solutions to climate change

In 2017, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded Norfolk $120 million to better protect its communities against natural disasters. Norfolk has used most of that money for infrastructure enhancements: building berms, raising walls and laying stormwater pipes. But the city also set aside about $5 million for RISE, a nonprofit that helps businesses grow as they create solutions to help address climate change.

The Virginian-Pilot

A first in Virginia: Portsmouth high school students earn ‘green’ landscaping certificate

Monday morning, a small group of students filed one by one to the front of a classroom filled with plants. It is mid-December, but a graduation was taking place next to the greenhouse at Churchland High School.

Virginia Business Magazine

RISE Executive Director Paul Robinson Named one of Virginia’s “100 People to Meet in 2022”

Representing industries ranging from retail and fitness to tech and biosciences, these creative, visionary trendsetters and entrepreneurs keep the Old Dominion new and relevant.

RISE Resilience Challenge

RISE Announces Launch of $3 Million Coastal Community Resilience Challenges

Winning businesses will receive funding and support to pilot innovative solutions addressing sea level rise and flooding in rural and urban coastal Virginia.

Marketplace Tech

Storms are getting stronger. So how do we adapt?

Tech can help cities and homeowners understand their flood risk.

Marketplace Tech

Flooding is getting worse. Can tech help us deal with it?

A climate tech accelerator in Virginia is working with cities to prepare for future floods.

The Washington Post

What lurks beneath: A new answer to more intense storms

With their storm-water systems increasingly vulnerable to climate change, cities across the country are testing new technology to better monitor water flows.

Virginia Governor Newsroom

Governor Northam Announces Winner of the 2021 RISE Coastal Community Resilience Challenge

Six small business will receive funding, support and access to the RISE testbed in Hampton Roads to pilot and commercialize next-generation solutions to flooding and sea level rise.

Sea Grant Virginia

GO Virginia approves $2.9 million collaborative Coastal Resilience and Adaptation Economy Initiative

A $2.9 million grant was recently awarded to the Coastal Resilience and Adaptation Economy initiative that will foster innovation and growth in Virginia’s water economy. The project will launch a resilience entrepreneurship competition and establish a business-focused network to engage businesses and facilitate resilient practices.

The Virginian-Pilot

Workforce Council chosen for back-to-work initiative, partnering with RISE

The Hampton Roads Workforce Council has been selected as one of six agencies in the country to take part in an effort to develop innovative ways to rapidly retrain and refocus more than 25,000 displaced workers into higher paying jobs.

The Virginian-Pilot

In Norfolk, sea level rise reduces some stormwater system capacity by 50%, data shows

In Hampton Roads, rising tides have started to turn some of the region’s stormwater systems — which are meant to usher rainwater into ponds, lakes and rivers via underground pipes — against this coastal community.

RISE Urban Mobility Challenge

RISE Announces the Winner of the Urban Mobility Resilience Challenge

Technology startup will receive funding, business mentorship, and access to a testbed in Hampton Roads to pilot and commercialize a next generation real-time flood prediction system to reroute drivers around flooded roads. 

The Virginian-Pilot

Rising seas, and rising profits

The very idea sounds backwards — usually frequent flooding from bigger and more destructive storms is costly. One study showed a direct hit could have cost the region $5 billion of its gross domestic product in just three months. But some are looking at the rising seas and sensing opportunity.

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.

The Virginian-Pilot

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.

WAVY

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.

MIT SOLVE

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

RISE Announces Five Winners of the 2020 Coastal Community Resilience Challenges

RISE today announced five winners of the 2020 RISE Coastal Community Resilience Challenges. The winners are small businesses that will each receive up to $250,000 to advance and demonstrate cutting-edge products that help coastal communities adapt to the impacts of sea level rise and flooding. RISE will work with the five teams to pilot their approaches in a “living laboratory” environment across the Hampton Roads region in coastal Virginia, with the goal of building economically viable businesses and solutions that are scalable to other communities.

RISE

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.

MIT SOLVE

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.