RISE Launches Flood Insurance Innovation Challenge'

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Up to $1.5 million will be awarded to businesses with solutions that reduce flood insurance premiums and payouts by 50%

NORFOLK, Va., Oct. 4, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- RISE, a Virginia-based, non-profit organization providing one-stop-shop resources to coastal resilience entrepreneurs, today announced the launch of its . The innovation competition will award up to $1.5 million to businesses with solutions that reduce flood insurance premiums and payouts by 50%.

The RISE Flood Insurance of the Future Challenge will award up to $1.5 million to businesses with solutions that reduce flood insurance premiums and payouts by 50%.

Individual Challenge winners will receive up to $300,000 in funding and support, while teams of companies submitting integrated solutions will receive up to $750,000. All winners gain access to resources from the RISE Resilience Innovation Hub & Testbed, a tailored business accelerator through , co-working office and testing space, and introductions to regional stakeholders to help shape and iterate upon their idea, among other benefits.

'As we've seen in catastrophic storms such as Hurricane Ian – where only 18.5% of properties in Florida counties told to evacuate have NFIP flood insurance, and 9.4% of homes outside the floodplain have private flood insurance – the majority of homeowners, renters and businesses don't have flood insurance, or don't have enough of it,' said RISE Executive Director, Paul Robinson. 'Sourcing cutting-edge tools to increase coverage and decrease costs of flood insurance will build economically and environmentally resilient communities.'

'The City of Norfolk has established itself as the national living laboratory for coastal resilience innovation, and is thrilled to engage with RISE on their Flood Insurance of the Future Challenge,' said Matt Simons, Norfolk's Coastal Resiliency Manager. 'With help from RISE, Hampton Roads will develop new approaches that help our own region and serve as a model for others.'

The Flood Insurance of the Future Challenge is possible with support from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Virginia's Department of Housing and Community Development. Winners of the Challenge will join more than , including sensors that collect critical stormwater system capacity data, applications to re-route drivers in real time using Waze to avoid flooded roads, and the nation's first home raising academy.

Submissions for the Flood Insurance of the Future Challenge are open through November 30. To learn more and apply, please visit .

About RISE RISE identifies, funds and scales solutions for coastal communities struggling with flooding and other climate-related challenges. We are a catalyst for innovation and forward-thinking economic development. Since 2018, we have deployed over $6 million to more than 35 businesses creating cutting-edge products and services.

Contact: Betsy HnathRISE Communications Director(757) 513-7550

SOURCE RISE Resilience Innovations


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