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VP and Center for Economic Transformation Director David Gilford speaks to attendees at the RISE : NYC Connect event.

By Lara Croushore, Assistant Director at NYCEDC's Center for Economic Transformation

Last week, over 70 people gathered at Green Light New York for RISE : NYC Connect, an event that brought together local Hurricane Sandy-impacted small businesses and finalists of the $30 million RISE : NYC competition.  

RISE : NYC finalists attending the event were looking for Sandy-impacted small businesses to include in their final proposals as project sites. Hurricane Sandy-impacted small businesses came to meet the finalists, learn about their technologies, and hear more about how they can get involved as a project site and receive a technology installed at their business and/or building for free—ensuring better preparation for the impacts of future storms, sea level rise and other effects of climate change. The event attracted a diverse crowd of small businesses from all five boroughs of New York City. 

After introductory remarks from Green Light New York and NYCEDC, the networking began. Competition finalists met small business community members to learn more about their experiences during Hurricane Sandy, understand how they were impacted by the storm, and discover their resiliency needs. RISE : NYC finalists then pitched their technologies and solutions to the business and building owners.

The competition finalists represent a highly competitive group of some of the most creative and innovative technologies from around the world. A variety of technologies and solutions are in the running including energy technologies, floodproofing materials, software products, and telecommunication and data services.

Competition finalists developed a stronger understanding of the small business community’s needs after the evening of casual networking. In the future, they will continue the conversation with interested business- and building-owners to get them involved as project sites.

NYC small businesses, were you impacted by Hurricane Sandy?

Even if you missed RISE : NYC Connect, there is still time to register your interest to participate as a project site!

To learn more, visit or email [email protected].

You can also learn more about the RISE : NYC finalists and their technologies on the RISE homepage

Resiliency, RISE NYC



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