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Transparent tipping with start-up Gratuu

Chris Maguire speaks with entrepreneur Renate Kalnina

A tech entrepreneur is aiming to transform the way we tip and boost transparency around who actually benefits from our gratuities.

Latvian Renate Kalnina founded web app Gratuu in 2015 after an embarrassing situation where she realised she didn’t have any cash to leave a tip in a restaurant in Manchester’s Northern Quarter – and the venue didn’t have the facility to leave one electronically.

The beta version of the platform is currently being tested in restaurants, including Spanish eatery La Bandera in Manchester city centre.

Kalnina explains how the platform works to editor Chris Maguire – and reveals how hard it is to bootstrap a business.

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