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Uptip is reinventing tipping, driving value for service workers and customers

Last Funded May 2022


raised from 27 investors
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Tipping is critical, driving much needed income for service workers and higher quality for customers.
Fewer people carry cash, as the economy continues to move toward electronic payments.
Uptip bridges the divide, delivering a smartphone-based tipping and service review platform.
Uptip's founders have already proven success, having built another travel technology company.

Our Team

Tipping is a very important tradition that is ripe for innovation. Uptip has the opportunity to help service workers increase their income, whiles driving greater levels of service quality. We believe we can make a difference for workers and their customers, while unlocking value for our investors.


We love tipping!

Tipping encourages great service and provides essential income for workers. But tipping is in jeopardy since physical cash is disappearing from our lives. Uptip is fixing that.

Giving and receiving cash tips, an $18 billion per year business in the US, is ripe for upgrade in a post-pandemic cashless world.

Tipping is facing headwinds

How many times have you been in a position where you felt obligated to give a tip but didn’t have the correct change or currency in your wallet? Odds are the person who provided the service to you got stiffed. That’s not good. According to a recent study by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, cash use in 2020 accounted for 19 percent of all payments, down seven percentage points from 2019. 

    Cash tipping is an island in an increasingly cashless world

    Service workers are often paid minimum wage and count on tips to supplement their regular pay. Since fewer people are carrying cash, workers are seeing their tip income decline. This comes at a time when rampant inflation is taking a bite out of household budgets.  

    Source: 2020 Travis Credit Union Cash Survey

    Here are some of the problems with cash tipping:

    • Tips are declining since fewer people carry cash
    • Workplaces, such as hotels, parking garages, salons or cafes, do not have visibility to the amount of tips given
    • There is often no feedback on service quality offered along with the tip 
    • Customers do not get receipts for cash tips

    Uptip's Solution

    Uptip has created a frictionless, touchless, smartphone-based replacement for cash tipping.

    Uptip app

    Uptip features include:

    • Touchless smartphone-based tipping platform
    • Zero app onboarding via QR codes
    • Tip suggested or custom amount
    • Integrated 5-star rating system
    • Masked contact details for workers and customers
    • Secure payments via default wallet on smartphone or credit card
    • Reporting for workers & manager
    • Receipts for customers and their employers

    Wanna Try?

    Scan the QR code below with your smartphone's camera app. If you're on your smartphone now, click this link for the same experience: Uptip Demo.

    Uptip demo: scan the QR code


    We have identifies four key stakeholders in tipping: the worker, customer, workplace and enterprise. There are benefits to using Uptip for each of these. 

    More tips with Uptip

    Uptip is helping workers earn significantly more income, even after uptip’s fees and any additional declared taxes.

    Competitive Landscape

    Uptip has developed an innovative and unique product. We are keenly aware of the competitive landscape, focusing our attention where we can scale most efficiently.

    Market Potential

    • $18.2 billion in cash tips are paid to workers in the US *
    • 3-5 million people are in professions that regularly receive cash tips * 
    • 80 million estimates tip payers willing to use mobile app

    * excludes the full-service restaurant industry

    Uptip projections, by 2026

    • Process $920 million in tips, ~5% of the TAM
    • Serve a base of 10,000 SaaS subscribers
    • Generate $85 million in revenue


    Uptip is already doing business with hotel and valet parking companies! We are live now in 8 hotels and have commitment to deploy in 84 more. Uptip launches with a major valet parking company this quarter and a casino next quarter.


    • uptip is reinventing global tipping, driving innovation, convenience, service quality and transparency into the service industry 
    • Uptip empowers workers, adding value, recognition and accountability to tipping by integrating a feedback and rating system.
    • uptip drives key employer metrics including staff retention, service quality and positive customer reviews.

    We invite you to join Uptip's mission to empower workers and drive service quality!