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Privacy focused payments company wins Brisbane’s River Rival

Payments platform Xiippy wins Queensland’s top startup competition

2 November 2022

Privacy-focused payment startup Xiippy was the big winner from last week’s River Rival startup competition, taking out both the judge’s award for Best in Product and tying for the Best of the Best award.

River Rival, which closed out last week’s Something Tech conference, saw eight startups competing across three categories with smart metering solution Snappi winning the Peoples’ Choice prize and diabetes medicine subscription service, Stripped Supply tying with Xiippy for the Best of the Best Award.

Xiippy encourages retail merchants to introduce paperless receipts and loyalty rewards programs without collecting large swathes of information about their customers.

The eight startup 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.”

Siobhan Casey, ACS’ Director of Innovation Labs, added 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.”

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.”

Hamish Sadler CEO of Xiippy said it “feels great” to have his company recognised by a panel of judges.

“It was a real surprise to get two awards. Thanks so much to ACS and River City Labs for putting on this event and giving me this opportunity.”

River City Labs and ACS look forward to River Rival and SomethingTech. being part of Brisbane’s SomethingFest. technology and innovation next year for another week-long Queensland Digital, Innovation and Technology Festival starting the 28th August 2023.


Further information

Troy Steer

Director of Corporate Affairs and Public Policy

M – 0417 173 740

E – [email protected]

About River City Labs

River City Labs fosters the growth of startup companies wanting to solve big problems. We provide resources to empower, support and connect entrepreneurs. Central to everything we do is a focus on collaboration and connection.

Since 2012 over 700 entrepreneurs have called RCL home. Through our events program we have welcomed more than 29,000 guests into our community by hosting over 1000 events aimed at supporting founders on their entrepreneurship journey.

River City Labs powers a range of programs, events and engagement opportunities, enabling our corporate partners to innovate differently and embed their teams within the start-up community.

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