Join our program to develop the next-generation solutions that solve climate change’s many challenges.
The impact of climate change is being experienced at an accelerated rate. In the U.S., over 45% of the population lives in high-population-density coastal areas vulnerable to sea level rise, leaving these communities at higher risk of flooding, shoreline erosion, and hazards from storms.
To address the growing demand for innovative solutions, RISE has designed a 12-month challenge program covering Hampton Roads, in coastal Virginia, which is designed to support founders of startups and small- to medium-sized businesses solving the many problems that face coastal cities as a result of climate change. Selected teams will get to work closely with business, government, and tech leaders in Hampton Roads on pilots to validate and potentially commercialize their solutions across the region.
With 1.7 million residents, 10 diverse cities and 9 counties experiencing the highest rates of sea level rise along the East Coast, Hampton Roads presents a rare opportunity: An unbeatable living laboratory for the best climate resilience and adaptation technologies, along with the chance to make a positive impact quickly.
Urban Coastal Community Resilience Challenge topics include Flood Management, Protection of Buildings, Data Analytics and Re-Establishing Critical Utilities. Click on the icons below to learn more.
- You have to meet the definition of a small business, as defined by the U.S. Small Business Administration and found here, or be a non-profit entity.
- Your business has to be able to deploy your solution in Hampton Roads, in southeastern Virginia, either by yourselves or by hiring a local partner.
- Your solution has to be at the prototype stage or later.
- If you are selected as a finalist, you will be required to submit additional documentation, including technical details of your solution, a work plan, and financial projections.
Applicants can apply for up to $300,000 in non-equity funding. RIF awards come in two forms: 1) Grants and 2) Revenue Based Loans.
The RISE Selection Committee may recommend making the award (or a portion of it) contingent upon refinement of a business plan and/or work plan. In such case, the winners may be required to participate in a two-month Resilience Innovation Accelerator. Each winner will receive a $10,000 stipend for their participation.
In addition to funding, the winners will also gain access to a suite of benefits including:
- Assistance with securing real-world pilot sites in Hampton Roads of Virginia
- Co-working fabrication and workshop space
- Co-working office space at Assembly in Norfolk, Virginia
- Government, technical, and business mentors
- Feedback from government pilot hosts
- Regulatory assistance with government funding
- Introductions to potential investors and customers
- PR opportunities and media visibility
- The only ecosystem of coastal resilience entrepreneurs in the U.S.