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Pushpay wins again at Hi-Tech Awards

Greg Cross collected the 2019 Flying Kiwi award
Greg Cross was named 2019 Flying Kiwi.

Greg Cross was named 2019 Flying Kiwi.

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

Greg Cross

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

Peter Beck

ATEED Hi-Tech creative technology solution award

Spalk

Callaghan Innovation Hi-Tech Maori company of the year award

Robotics Plus

Duncan Cotterill most innovative Hi-Tech software solution award

PredictHQ

Endace most innovative Hi-Tech hardware product award

Taska Prosthetics

Kiwibank most innovative Hi-Tech services award

PredictHQ

NZTE most Innovative Hi-Tech solution for the agritech sector award

Robotics Plus

Quick Circuit best contribution to the NZ Hi-Tech sector by an internationally headquartered company

Talent International

New Zealand Venture Investment Fund Hi-Tech start-up company of the year

Whip Around

Coretex Hi-Tech emerging company of the year

PredictHQ

Highly Commended: Fergus Software

PwC NZ Hi-Tech company of the year award

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