Expert Collections containing RainStick Shower
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RainStick Shower is included in 2 Expert Collections, including Direct-To-Consumer Brands (Non-Food).
Direct-To-Consumer Brands (Non-Food)
Startups selling their own branded products directly to consumers through owned e-commerce channels, rather than relying on department stores or big online marketplaces.
Home Goods & Furniture
The Collection includes startups developing products across home goods categories, including furniture, mattresses, bedding, towels, cookware, and other home accessories.
Latest RainStick Shower News
Jul 12, 2023
Alisha McFetridge: From Fierce Founder to Greentech Game Changer How RainStick CEO is changing the way we shower for the better Alisha McFetridge, CEO and co-founder of the Toronto-based startup RainStick, makes her case at the Fierce Founders Pitch Competition in February 2020. ( ( Communitech photo: Sara Jalali ) ) We all have personal preferences when it comes to showering. From what time of day works best to scalding hot versus cold to whether you shave before or after. Whatever your preferences, showers are a daily part of life for many of us. But while we make conscious decisions on how we shower, we often forget the water and energy they require. The typical five-minute shower uses over 45 litres of water and 2.5 kilowatts of electricity. Reducing the amount of water and energy used in showering is the mission of Alisha McFetridge, CEO and co-founder of RainStick Shower . RainStick has developed an innovative shower system that can reduce water and energy usage by 80 per cent. Instead of the water flowing down the drain and out to the sewer system, RainStick captures, circulates and cleanses water as you shower. Water and energy savings aren’t the only advantages either. Since it’s a closed system, RainStick provides twice the water flow compared to a traditional shower. How Fierce Founders helped McFetridge’s founder journey has seen Rainstick go from idea to award-winning product in a short time frame. McFetridge was part of Communitech’s innovative Fierce Founders program in 2020, and her pitch for RainStick won over the judges and earned the startup $75,000 in seed funding . “There were 20 founders in the program, and there was a very high calibre of companies participating,” recalls McFetridge. “It was also my first introduction to Communitech and the resources and supports provided.” As a first-time founder, McFetridge knew she needed guidance and mentorship to build a solid foundation for her company. One critical area she wanted to understand better was funding—especially since RainStick would need capital for manufacturing. “I didn't know very much about investment, including the basics such as building out a cap table,” she says. It was through Fierce Founders that I was able to learn about investment raises, and the stages of pre-seed, seed and Series A investment. I learned so much, and I still use those learnings today.” The importance of goal setting McFetridge and her co-founder Sean McFetrdige have made goal-setting a core component of their quarterly strategy sessions. It’s an opportunity to reflect and absorb what they’ve learned over the past three months. “As a founder, we don't often make time for reflecting because there is a lot of execution and problem-solving,” she says. “But when you sit back and think about what you have accomplished and how you accomplished it, you can see new ways to solve problems and adapt to change.” Racking up the wins, from Fierce Founders to CES After winning the Fierce Founders pitch competition, RainStick used the funding to propel its R&D forward. The company worked with an engineering consultancy firm to help create its first working prototype shower system. In January 2022, they attended the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, where they demonstrated the energy and water savings of RainStick to potential buyers and partners from across the world. “We ended up winning Best of Innovation in the Smart Home category!” she recalls.“It all started with Fierce Founders and the programming to help new founders succeed.” The win at CES was the first of many for RainStick since McFetridge graduated from the Fierce Founders program. In February 2022, the startup won the Impact and Kickstarter awards during the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, the premiere event for the U.S.-based National Kitchen + Bath Association. Creating a new green category RainStick is innovating in more than just a legacy category. It is helping define a new one using circular design principles. From construction to manufacturing to consumer goods, circular design is helping create durable, reusable, repairable and recyclable products that generate zero waste. “I would say water is probably ten years behind energy,” says McFetridge “Energy has been the focus for a lot of companies, but a lot of people are now starting to look at water as a way to find efficiencies in their homes. You can save a substantial amount of water,but there's also a lot of energy in that water. Showering is one of the top energy uses of the home, so if you can cut that down, then you're working towards your net zero energy targets.” Consumers are increasingly looking for ways to save energy and reduce their carbon footprint at home, including using heat pumps instead of gas-powered furnaces. Customer education is critical to driving the adoption of these new technologies, and McFetridge said RainStick has a unique advantage. “With solar panels or heat pumps, you have to really educate (customers) m about the benefits,” says McFetridge. “The great thing about RainStick is that the consumer interacts with the technology by simply taking a shower. But it is still a new category, and people don’t necessarily know that recirculating showers are even an option. In order to get to the masses, it’s important for us to educate people and tell them why it's so important.” To learn more about RainStick, visit rainstickshower.com . To learn more about how Communitech helps founders start and scale their companies, visit Communitech.ca . Alex Kinsella Alex Kinsella is a content marketer and writer in Waterloo Region, Ont. He's behind TL;WR, the region’s events newsletter, and has worked with some of Canada's best-known tech companies in a multitude of roles. His work has appeared in BetaKit, Grand Magazine, Community Edition and other publications.
RainStick Shower Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
When was RainStick Shower founded?
RainStick Shower was founded in 2019.
Where is RainStick Shower's headquarters?
RainStick Shower's headquarters is located at 550 Burrard St #2300, Toronto.
What is RainStick Shower's latest funding round?
RainStick Shower's latest funding round is Seed VC - II.
How much did RainStick Shower raise?
RainStick Shower raised a total of $5.11M.
Who are the investors of RainStick Shower?
Investors of RainStick Shower include Red Thread Ventures, Women's Equity Lab, HCM Ventures, Kickstarter Zone, Sustainable Development Technology Canada and 6 more.
Who are RainStick Shower's competitors?
Competitors of RainStick Shower include Greyter Water Systems and 4 more.
Compare RainStick Shower to Competitors
Demizine, founded in 2017, is a developer of smart home hardware appliances that allow complete independence from municipal infrastructure. It generates freshwater, recycles old water, eliminates waste, conserves energy, and lowers greenhouse gas emissions in one platform. It is based in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Greyter Water Systems offers smart water solutions that save both water and money by reducing the water and waste-water demands of residential and commercial buildings. The company packaged solutions that recover and treat shower and bath water including rainwater so that they can be reused for toilet flushing, and irrigation. Greyter Water Systems was founded in 2012 and is based in Mississauga, Canada.
myenergi designs and manufactures renewable energy products and offers a range of eco-smart home energy solutions for consumers. Its products include zappi, an electric vehicle charger, and eddi, a smart power diverter. It provides solutions such as EV charging, energy monitoring, energy managing, and other solutions. myenergi was founded in 2016 and is based in Stallingborough, U.K.
Brondell is a developer and distributor of eco-friendly home and bath products such as bidets, air purification devices, water filtration systems, shower filtration systems, and heated toilet seats. The company was founded in 2003 and is based in San Francisco, California.
Flow Loop is a shower panel that recycles and continuously circulates a small amount of water through purifying filters. It also saves up to 85% water and 75% energy. The company was founded in 2016 and is based in Lillerod, Denmark.
GreyWaterSolution (GWS) delivers grey water solutions to reduce water consumption. It develops a patented system to reuse water from the shower for toilet flushing. The company supplies sustainable water solutions for individuals and businesses. It was founded in 2019 and is based in Skodstrup, Denmark.