2022 Rise Challenge Winner

Rise to the Challenge

Meet the 2022 RISE Challenge Winners

This year’s Solution Builders are using innovation to help rural and urban coastal communities deal with the escalating problem of flooding caused by climate change.

Rural Challenge Winners

Rural Coastal Community Resilience Challenge topics focus on Flood Management, Protection of Buildings and Property and Water Quality Management.






The Company

Works to design, test and implement innovative solutions for people who don’t have access to proper sanitation.

The Solution

Triangle Environmental will pilot a compact, modular wastewater treatment system for non-potable reuse of household greywater.

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The Company

Provides consulting support in ecological restoration, mitigation and shoreline management.

The Solution

Biogenic Solutions will test and advance a new method of upcycling dredge materials to protect shorelines.

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The Company

Combines environmental data intelligence with software and advanced manufacturing to deliver nature-based solutions to the infrastructure market.

The Solution

Natrx will test how to repurpose dredge materials for use in the construction of resilient infrastructure.

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The Company

Helps residents mitigate the hazards of flooding to their homes and repair the damages afterward.

The Solution

Home Mechanix will test a novel crawl space moisture barrier to protect homes against flood damage.

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Rural Challenge Winners

Urban Challenge Winners

Rural Coastal Community Resilience Challenge topics focus on Flood Management, Protection of Buildings and Property and Water Quality Management






The Company

Provides guidance to governments on future-proofing their communities against climate threats while also improving social equity.

The Solution

Fernleaf will test a solution that assesses system-wide climate and community impact indicators of projects to help cities prioritize transportation infrastructure funds.

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The Company

Combines environmental data intelligence with software and advanced manufacturing to deliver nature-based solutions to the infrastructure market.

The Solution

Natrx will pilot an innovative method for businesses to measure and report the value of resilience-based infrastructure.

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The Company

Offers simple, cost-effective, adaptable bio-retention solutions that help solve stormwater management issues in urban environments.

The Solution

InfraSGA will fine-tune its business model and prepare for market launch.

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The Company

Provides turnkey hydrogen gas services for fuel cell applications.

The Solution

Independence Hydrogen will test a new distribution system that provides emergency alternative backup power supplies to cities.

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Urban Challenge Winners

What Happens Next?

In addition to funding, each Solution Builder enjoys access to a full package of benefits, including:

Real-world pilot sites in coastal Virginia to test and validate products

Introductions to potential investors and customers

Regulatory assistance with permits and government funding

Guidance and valuable feedback from pilot hosts on how to maximize products or solutions for market adoption

PR opportunities and media visibility

The only ecosystem of coastal resilience entrepreneurs in the U.S.

Tailored accelerator curriculum

Co-working office and fabrication space

Meet our Past Solution Builders

Our new Challenge winners join a large and growing network of previous RISE Solution Builders – all focused on helping coastal communities adapt to climate change and sea level rise.

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