The Middle Bit: Week of March 19

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.


Square One DSM is hosting a Raising Capital Seminar on Thursday, March 30, highlighting how to learn to successfully secure equity funding for a startup business’s growth. via Business Record

Digital Women, a student organization at Iowa State that encourages, supports and retains women in career fields related to electrical technology, will host its first event April 7. The event, dubbed Code Camp, will be the first female-focused hackathon in the Midwest. via Iowa State Daily

The New Bohemian Innovation Collaborative announced the launch of Corridor Angel Investors, a group for accredited investors in the area to put money into new Iowa businesses. via The Cedar Rapids Gazette

Iowa Startup Accelerator accepted two companies into the spring batch of its 2017 cohort, BluSolar and Global Healthcare Integrators (GHI). These teams are the first batch to participate in ISA’s new structure: a rigorous 12-month commitment where mandatory programming is condensed to Fridays to increase flexibility for entrepreneurs. via NewBoCo


Clinc, a fledgling fintech startup that enables banks to bring artificial intelligence (AI) to their products, has raised a $6.3 million funding round led by Drive Capital, with participation from Hyde Park Venture Partners, Cahoots Holding, and Stuart Porter. via VentureBeat

SpaceLab LLC plans to open its co-working space in The 607 building in Detroit’s Financial District next month, with plans to host Detroit’s first AEC (Architecture, Engineering and Construction) Hackathon, an international, multicity design and tech event. via Crain’s Detroit Business


The Mayo Clinic has increased its venture investment stake in a Silicon Valley digital health startup touting a smartphone-based system that taps Mayo’s know-how in machine learning to detect and predict abnormal heart rhythms and the risk for stroke. via Twin Cities Business

TECHdotMN is hosting the fourth annual Midwest Capital Call in Minneapolis on March 31, 2017. via TechdotMN


Big Omaha recently announced Netflix Co-founder and MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe as a speaker in their 2017 lineup. via Silicon Prairie News

Tickets are now on sale for the Silicon Prairie Awards, held May 2. For 2017, the SPAwards will coincide with Omaha Startup Week, a five-day celebration of the entrepreneurial community and the people who drive it. via Silicon Prairie News