Local start-up company chosen to receive $100,000

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Being an entrepreneur is never an easy task, but one local Kansas City business owner got some help from a man who knows a thing or two about getting a business off the ground during the Rise of the Rest Tour.

The Co-founder of AOL, Steve Case, has been touring the country giving checks to entrepreneurs, all in an effort to keep local start-ups alive.

Ten local entrepreneurs pitched their start-ups to Case on Thursday night. He chose one who got a check for $100,000.

That lucky winner was Leap.It. The company’s concept has been called the next revolution in search; a visual search engine that allows you to search more than one thing on one page.

Case believes it's the next big thing.

“It's a company that has potential to be great but also a company that has potential to help put Kansas City on the map as a great start-up community,” said Case.

Leap.It has been up and running for six months and already it's had 22 million hits.

“Obviously it means an incredible amount. Without question, Steve understands the foundation technology that is the web,” said Mike Farmer, the CEO of Leap.It.

Farmer says he plans on using that $100,000 to help expand the company across the globe.

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