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We have a winner: Rorus Inc is named Collision’s best startup

Maeve McQuillan
Published on April 28, 2016

This afternoon at 12.30pm, three startups hit Collision Center Stage to fight it out in the final of PITCH. They were going up in front of our all-star judging panel, which included Lowercase Capital Founder Chris Sacca, First Round Capital‘s Hayley Barney and Mayfield Fund Managing Director Tim Chang.

Named by Forbes as one of the best startup pitching competitions worldwide, PITCH is open to all Collision startups that have raised less than $3 million. From 400 initial applications, 108 startups were chosen to compete.

From that 108, just three remained in today’s grand final.

After hearing pitches from Rorus Inc, Beagle and Portfolium, our judges decided that Rorus deserved the title of Collision PITCH winners 2016.

claireblog Kyle Henson collecting the PITCH trophy

Rorus Inc are on a quest to bring clean water to all. They’re doing this with a revolutionary new point-of-use filtration that removes the major types of waterborne pathogens.

They also came through the Launch Pad PITCH initiative. This was where we invited the best startups from across the US’s emerging markets to compete in Launch Pad. After winning the Launch Pad PITCH round, Rorus Inc advanced straight to the PITCH final to claim the title.


Chris Schultz Co-Founder and CEO of Launch Pad, had this to say about Rorus Inc’s win: “We started the Launch Pad Pitch competition to showcase rising tech ecosystems and Rorus’s victory shows that these cities can compete with the best in the world. I can’t wait to see them on stage at Web Summit in Lisbon.”

After the winner was announced, we grabbed Chief Business Officer Kyle Henson for a few quick questions:

How confident were you going into the final?

Well, I was feeling good. Although the powerpoint completely crashed half way through so that temporarily put a wrench in the works. The other two finalists were great but I’m really thrilled to win.

How did you feel about Pitching on the Collision Center Stage in front of Chris Sacca?

It felt great to get our message out into the world. Educate people a little about clean water and what we are doing and why it’s important to be mindful of water across the world.

What does winning mean for Rorus Inc?

This will mean a lot of exposure for us and for our crowding funding campaign, and hopefully just education about clean water across the world and engagement in something as fundamental as water.