Example of heavy flooding in the United States caused by insufficient infrastructure

Frequently Asked Questions

The eligibility requirements differ for each Challenge, but generally:

  • Your company will be required to meet the definition of a small business, as defined by the U.S. Small Business Administration and found under 13 CFR Section 121.201, or qualify as a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity.
  • Your company must be able to test/pilot your solution in Hampton Roads, Virginia
  • You must be prepared to deploy your solution and spend all of the revenue-based loan or grant by a predetermined date stated with each Challenge
  • Your technology has to be past the prototype stage or already have customers using your technology
  • If you are accepted as a finalist, you will be required to submit further documentation such as technical details of your solution, a work plan, and financial projections within 14 calendar days of being notified of you finalist status
  • Finalists will be also required to obtain a DUNS number and register on Sam.gov

For detailed information, please read the Applicant Guidelines posted on the Challenge webpage.