The Middle Bit: Week of Jan. 22

Each week, Clay & Milk will curate a rundown of startup, tech and innovation news from “the middle.” Check back every Friday for that week’s Middle Bit.


The Denver Post provided a rundown of some of the technology coming to Pena Station Next, a smart city project located south of Denver’s airport. Via The Denver Post

The Post also provided a look at Lockheed Martin’s new autonomous vehicle research hub, which the company recently moved to a Denver suburb. Via The Denver Post

Denverite profiled The Food Corridor, a Fort Collins-based “incubator for kitchen incubators.” Via Denverite


Jiobit, a Chicago company building wearable child-tracking devices, raised a $3 million seed round. Investors included Otto founder Lior Ron and MATH Ventures. Via TechCrunch/ChicagoInno

Chicago will install free Wi-Fi kiosks around its downtown that will feature 55-inch touchscreens. The installations are a part of a AT&T Smart Cities pilot. Via The Chicago Tribune’s Blue Sky Innovation


Three Iowa companies are working on websites and software to provide more detailed information on the state’s farmland values. Via The Des Moines Register


An errand service company in Bay City has purchased an online grocery delivery startup to expand its technology. Via MLive

The Middle, broadly

SXSW announced its finalists for the 2017 Interactive Innovation Awards. A few finalists hailed from the Middle, but none are from Iowa. Via SXSW

Business Insider reported that Lyft plans to expand to 100 more cities in 2017, including in cities in Tennessee, Utah, Missouri, Kansas, Indiana and others. Via Business Insider


EquipmentShare, which has a platform offering a peer-to-peer marketplace for construction equipment rentals, has raised $28.4 million in a Series B. The company is based in Columbia, Missouri but is expanding to Kansas City. Via Startland News

Missouri lawmakers are once again exploring statewide regulations for ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft. Via The St. Louis Post-Dispatch


The Greater Omaha Chamber unveiled “The Startup Collaborative,” a combination of programs and resources to grow the area’s startup ecosystem. Via Silicon Prairie News

Big Omaha, the annual event for entrepreneurs started by Silicon Prairie News, is looking for speaker nominations. Via Big Omaha


A car test track in central Ohio has received $45 million in state grants to retool itself for autonomous vehicle testing. Via The Cincinnati Enquirer


Madison software company Redox raised a $9 million investment round led by RRE Ventures. Via Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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