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.

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 Resilience 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.

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 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.

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.