Mobile giving software developer Pushpay and entrepreneur Greg Cross collected the major gongs at the 2019 Hi-Tech Awards last night.
Pushpay was named Hi-Tech company of the year while the 2019 Flying Kiwi award went to serial entrepreneur and investor Greg Cross. Pushpay won the same award two years ago.
"Pushpay shows what happens when a metrics-mad company just keeps pushing," the judges said. "During 2018, Pushpay’s platform was used by more than 7500 churches around the world to process more than $5 billion in contributions."
In late 2017, Cross guided wireless charging technology developer PowerbyProxi through a $100 million-plus sale to Apple.
Hi Tech Trust chair Jennifer Rutherford said it was fantastic to be able to recognise he achievements of Cross.
“Greg has achieved so much in his own career and is truly an inspiring and passionate individual," she said.
"He is someone who has spent so much of his life on the road, taking leading-edge NZ-founded tech companies like PowerbyProxi and now Soul Machines to the world."
Other big winners last night were PredictHQ, taking out three awards while Robotics Plus collected two.
The awards winners were:
2019 Flying Kiwi and inductee into the Tait Communications Hi-Tech hall of fame
Xero Hi-Tech young achiever award
John Roy from Coretex
Visa best Hi-Tech solution for the public good award
The Cacophony Project
IBM most inspiring individual award
ATEED Hi-Tech creative technology solution award
Callaghan Innovation Hi-Tech Maori company of the year award
Duncan Cotterill most innovative Hi-Tech software solution award
Endace most innovative Hi-Tech hardware product award
Kiwibank most innovative Hi-Tech services award
NZTE most Innovative Hi-Tech solution for the agritech sector award
Quick Circuit best contribution to the NZ Hi-Tech sector by an internationally headquartered company
New Zealand Venture Investment Fund Hi-Tech start-up company of the year
Coretex Hi-Tech emerging company of the year
Highly Commended: Fergus Software
PwC NZ Hi-Tech company of the year award