Leap2 is a search application that increases relevance of your mobile searches by adding context such as web previews, social posts, news, images, and local search results to queries. Today Leap2 announced that they have raised $1.6 million in funding. This round was led by Dundee Venture Capital with participation from OpenAir Equity, Linseed Capital, and Wichita Technology Corporation. The company launched with $480,000 in seed funding from family and friends, according to Vator.tv.
Leap2 first started around two years ago, but they were essentially in stealth mode until now. Although their product was designed for mobile devices, they plan to launch a web version soon. The company’s redesigned Android and iOS apps has search on the home screen, enhanced menus, improved local results, search alerts, improved social results, and interactive search history. Leap2 is able to pull real-time results about what people are saying about places like restaurants, bars, and coffee shops from social media services.
Based in Kansas City, Missouri, Leap2 has over 10,000 users between their Android and iOS apps. Although real-time results are powered by Twitter exclusively right now, Leap2 plans on integrating Facebook soon. Yelp will also be integrated into Leap2 soon. The company plans to eventually monetize their service through sponsored results.