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Privacy-focused payments start-up wins top prize at tech competition

Privacy-focused payments start-up Xiippy has been announced as the winner of the River Rival start-up competition, taking out both the judge’s award for Best in Product and tying for the Best of the Best award with diabetes medicine subscription service Stripped Supply.

Meanwhile, smart metering solution Snappi won the People’s Choice prize in the competition.

Xiippy enables retail merchants to introduce paperless receipts and loyalty rewards programs without collecting massive information from their customers.

River Rival, which closed out the Something Tech conference in Brisbane, saw eight start-ups competing across three categories. The eight founders presented their companies to a panel of judges comprising John Kearney Head of Startups and Scaleups at AWS, Siobhan Casey Director of the ACS Innovation Labs, Stew Glynn Co-Founder of Ten13, and moderated by RCL mentor-in-residence Peter Laurie.

Pauline Fetaui, General Manager of River Rival host, River City Labs, said she was proud of the quality of emerging Technology companies across Queensland.

“I’d like to give huge congratulations to the winners of River Rival and thank you to all the speakers who presented over two days and the week as part of Something Tech. and Something Fest,” Fetaui said.

Siobhan Casey, ACS’s Director of Innovation Labs, added that she enjoyed seeing entrepreneurs exploring ways to make a difference in the world:

“I love seeing people solve problems in innovative ways like Ashley, who took a concept we’re all familiar with for things like makeup and clothes and has turned it into a much-needed service for medicine,” Casey said.

Founder of Stripped Supply Ashley Hanger said she was glad to present to an engaged audience at Friday’s competition.

“It feels special being able to automate something people desperately need,” Hanger said. “I’m grateful for the chance to spread the word about Stripped Supply at an event like River Rival.”

And Hamish Sadler, CEO of Xiippy – pictured here alongiside Pauline Fetaui, General Manager of River City Labs – said that it “feels great” to have his company recognised by a panel of judges.

The story was originally published on Inside Small Business.

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