Resiliency Innovations for a Stronger Economy is a Superstorm Sandy business recovery and resiliency program that helps New York City's small businesses adapt to and mitigate the impacts of climate change through the use of innovative technologies. 


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


RISE : NYC is a global competition to identify and deploy new and innovative technologies to prepare New York City small businesses for the impacts of future storms, sea level rise, and other effects of climate change. The competition funds projects at Sandy-impacted small businesses to prepare their buildings, energy systems, and telecom networks for extreme weather. RISE : NYC launched in January 2014 and received over 200 applications from over 20 countries around the world.

Winning Projects

Following months of community engagement, project design, and careful evaluation, 11 winners of RISE : NYC have been selected to share up to $30 million in available funding. The innovative resiliency solutions selected through RISE : NYC represent some of the most creative and cutting-edge technologies being used to help businesses and communities around the world adapt to climate change and mitigate the impacts of future storms. The winning technologies will be installed at no cost to small businesses across New York City, helping to improve the resiliency of local businesses' buildings, energy systems, and telecom networks, while mitigating the impacts of extreme weather and preparing them for future storms.

Meet the Winners

The winning technologies are:

Energy Technologies

  • Bright Power: a local startup based in Lower Manhattan that combines solar, energy storage, and co-generation technologies to provide back-up power for critical operational and small business needs during power outages.
  • CALM Energy: a New York City-based local startup that deploys an intelligent building management system, integrated with standby generation and commercially available technologies, to provide small business owners with smarter, more resilient buildings.
  • Go Electric: a company based in Indiana that will use its Energy Resiliency System to provide uninterruptible electric power during an outage and to monitor and reduce electricity costs for small businesses year-round.
  • Home Free: a New York City-based consortium of firms that will utilize the Safe Space solution, a collection of technologies that provide an affordable, site-specific renewable energy-based solution to small businesses in areas vulnerable to severe weather, for basic heating, lighting, security, communications, and other needs.
  • UGE: a local startup in Manhattan that harnesses solar and wind energy to provide uninterrupted power to small businesses during utility service disruptions and allows them to save on energy costs year-round.

Building System Technologies

  • F. William Brown and Flood Panel, LLC: a consortium of firms led by F. William Brown in Connecticut which will install Sandwich Plate System Flood Panels, designed by Flood Panel, LLC, to provide small businesses with a layer of protection to keep flood waters out of buildings – allowing for continuous business operation with minimal interruption due to flooding. The panels are made from extruded lightweight aluminum alloy filled with a patented poly‐urethane elastomer to form thin, interlocking, impact-resistant panels that provide a modular flood barrier against water infiltration.
  • Geosyntec: a Massachusetts-based company whose OptiRTC technology monitors flood control data in real time, to control valves in storm and plumbing systems to prevent critical utility systems from flood inundation.
  • NYC Daylighting: a Rockaway, Queens-based and Sandy-impacted small business that uses the Solatube Daylighting System to capture, transfer, and deliver natural light to dark interior building spaces.

Telecom Technologies

  • goTenna: a local startup, based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, that allows people to communicate with each other without cell or a data connection, ensuring that businesses have resilient, peer-to-peer emergency communication capability.
  • Open Technology Institute: an initiative of New America, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization, that utilizes a free, open-source meshing software to turn routers and other wireless devices into decentralized WiFi networks that can route around points of failure and connect small businesses to the neighborhood and the neighborhood to the outside world.
  • Red Hook Initiative: a Red Hook, Brooklyn-based organization that will deploy their Red Hook WiFi wireless network to expand WiFi coverage to small businesses throughout New York City impacted by Hurricane Sandy, providing small businesses with network resiliency and access to online resources and information, and allowing residents and small businesses to receive real time updates in the event of a power outage.

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