The Middle Bit: Week of Feb. 28

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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.

Colorado

Boulder-based oat bar maker BoBo’s has raised $8 million to bolster its national sales. It’s the first time BoBo’s has taken outside money. Via The Boulder Daily Camera

A group of Cuban startup founders have come to Boulder accelerator Boomtown for a two-week program on business development. Via The Boulder Daily Camera.

Illinois

Subsidiaries of Berkshire Hathaway Energy, including Iowa’s MidAmerican Energy, have tapped Chicago data analytics startup Uptake to monitor some of their wind power operations. Via Chicago Tribune/press release

Indiana

Salesforce is preparing to bring employees into Indianapolis’ Chase Tower, a move that will have the company’s name glowing over the city. Via The Indy Star

Iowa

Cedar Rapids firm Syncbak said its streaming platform is now behind 2.5 million hours of live television programming a year. Customers include CBS, Gray Television and TEGNA. Via press release

WorkHound, a company founded by two Iowa entrepreneurs, announced it raised $500,000. Via Clay & Milk

Kansas

A guest columnist wrote about how Wichita can sustain and grow its entrepreneurial community. Via The Wichita Eagle

Minnesota

Uber brought its ride-hailing service to three cities in Minnesota. Via The Minneapolis Star Tribune

Missouri

EQStl has spent the last week profiling the growth of The Cortex, a key part of St. Louis’ startup and innovation community. Via EQStl

Kansas City-based AI startup Mycroft entered 500 Startups a few weeks ago and now has a strategic partnership with Jaguar Land Rover. Via Startland News

Startland News profiled Darcy Howe, who is leading the development of investment fund KCRise. Via Startland News

Ohio

A Forbes contributor made the case for why Ohio is the best state for startups. Via Forbes/Cincinnati Enquirer

Silicon Valley startup Growbots will build its sales team in Cleveland. Via The Cleveland Plain Dealer

Wisconsin

A Milwaukee woman has started a baked goods delivery service out of her home and is making progress that being held at gunpoint didn’t stop. Via The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Matthew Patane is the managing editor and co-founder of Clay & Milk. Send him an email at mpatane@clayandmilk.com.