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RISE : NYC, Resiliency Innovations for a Stronger Economy

Global competition to help small businesses impacted by Hurricane Sandy prepare for future storms, sea level rise, and other effects of climate change.


Up to $30 million is available to fund projects that deploy new and innovative resiliency technologies technologies at Hurricane Sandy-impacted small businesses throughout New York City.


RISE : NYC seeks proposals for projects that help small businesses prepare for future storms, sea level rise, and other effects of climate change by using new technologies to enhance the resiliency of their building systems, energy infrastructure and telecommunication networks. Proposed technologies should improve flood-resistance or -resilience, enable systems to fail gracefully, expedite recovery, or support the continuation of services during a storm or other similar event. RISE : NYC is looking for technologies that have the greatest potential to improve resiliency and catalyze future private investment and wide-scale adoption across the five boroughs.


Local, national, and international technology and solutions providers with new and innovative technologies were invited to apply. Potential applicants could include:

  • manufacturers, developers, or technology providers,
  • not-for-profit organizations such as research institutions and local development corporations, or
  • business or property owners and managers that have teamed up with technology providers to implement a project at their location.

The Stage 1 application period closed on March 14, 2014. After reviewing all Stage 1 applications, NYCEDC invited 37 applicants to compete in the competition's final stage. RISE : NYC finalists represent a highly competitive group of some of the most creative and innovative technologies from around the world. 

NYCEDC expects to announce the winning RISE : NYC projects in 2014. 

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