A Kansas City area online company called Leap.It has won an entrepreneurial startup competition and will receive a $100,000 investment from AOL co-founder Steve Case.
Leap.It was one of 10 area companies that participated in the Rise of the Rest Road Tour competition that stopped in Kansas City on Thursday.
Leap.It has created an online visual search collaboration platform that delivers webpage previews, relevant images, videos, news stories, local listings and other social media. The company’s chief executive officer is Mark Farmer.
Rise of the Rest is part of an effort to spotlight entrepreneurship around the country. Before stopping here, the tour held competitions in Madison, Wis., Minneapolis and Des Moines. An event was held Friday in St. Louis.
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Case, who also is chairman of Revolution Venture Capital, was one of the judges in the Kansas City competition. The other judges were Kimberly Bryant, founder of Black Girls Code; Sarah Granger, an author and entrepreneur; Gary Shapiro, chief executive of the Consumer Electronics Association; and Robb Heineman, chief executive of the Sporting Kansas City professionial soccer team.
By winning here, Leap.It gets to pitch its product to investors next March at the 2015 South by Southwest Startup Village competition in Austin, Texas.
| The Star