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Resilience Innovations

We’re powering today’s most innovative solutions to coastal communities’ biggest threats.

Our new Flood Insurance of the Future Challenge is open! RISE is challenging insurance innovators to find solutions to the escalating financial costs of flooding disasters, and the enormous human costs that follow.

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Rise Resilience Challenges

Coastal Communities Need Solutions

RISE finds, funds and accelerates businesses creating the most promising and scalable solutions to the growing impacts of flooding and sea-level rise. By doing everything we can to expedite their success, RISE helps innovators test and refine their next-generation products in the living laboratory of coastal Virginia, so they can go on to help more people, faster.

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Because tomorrow can't wait

Do you need help getting your product from concept to customer? Our program has everything you need, all in one place: a real-world testbed to pilot your solution, help with your business plan, the chance to collaborate with experts and stakeholders, and much more.

Communities

We help municipalities identify their most pressing needs and goals.

HOW WE HELP CITIES

Businesses

We identify and support entrepreneurs with firm, scalable solutions.

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Pilot Programs

We back pilot programs with money, marketing and networking opportunities.

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Successful Growth

Helping the world’s coastal communities respond to resilience threats today starts with a big idea. Learn more about some of the projects we’ve supported and how they’re still working.

Juliette Murphy - FloodMapp
FloodMapp
Working with RISE has given us the opportunity to work with organizations and communities suffering directly from the problems we are solving.
Steven Cal - StormSensor
StormSensor
Working with RISE has been an amazing opportunity for us
Leonard Nelson - NATRX
Natrx
The opportunity to work with RISE has been transformative for our business.
Suzie Housley, Ph.D. - StormSensor
StormSensor
We would encourage startups and new technologies in the civic space to apply to RISE Challenges.