The Middle Bit: Week of Feb. 5

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.


Fintech startup Blooom of Leawood, Kansas raised $9.15 million in an oversubscribed Series B to bolster its online platform to help users save more for retirement. Via Startland News


Lohan LaHive, the former CEO of Chicago-based Belly, has taken over as managing director of Techstars Chicago. Via The Chicago Tribune

Two Chicago-based startups, Rippleshot and SpringCM, announced investment raises. Rippleshot, a fraud analytics company, raised $2.6 million while document-management company SpringCM raised $25 million. Via The Chicago Tribune


A Des Moines man wants to develop flavored tofu and bring it to the mainstream market. Via The Des Moines Register

Ames-based Workiva announced it’s Wdesk platform was a winner in Business Intelligence Group’s 2017 BIG Innovation Awards. Via Workiva press release

The Greater Des Moines Partnership will host a “Raising Capital Seminar” for startup founders at the end of March. Via The Greater Des Moines Partnership


Detroit has “a real shot” of becoming a top top center for tech and startups, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said during a Q&A. Via Crain’s Detroit Business

The Middle, broadly

Silicon Prairie News is accepting nominations for its annual Silicon Prairie Awards through Feb. 21. Via Silicon Prairie News


Kansas City, Missouri has released a way for the public to view the data its Smart City Initiative is collecting along a two-mile streetcar stretch. Via Startland News

St. Louis analytics startup CTY was accepted into the 500 Startups accelerator. Via The St. Louis Business Journal


Bugeater Foods, a Lincoln-based food startup, is looking at how it can integrate powder made from crickets into pasta and rice. Via The Omaha World Herald

The World Herald also interviewed three Nebraska entrepreneurs recently accepted into the Pipeline program about Omaha’s startup ecosystem. Via The Omaha World Herald

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