The Middle Bit: Week of April 16

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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.

Illinois

Ex-Walgreens CEO launches joint venture to commercialize new technologies. ChicagoInno

Groupon founders’ auto startup Drivin sold for $43M. ChicagoInno

Iowa

Survey: Midwest farmers have mixed feelings about investing in Agtech products. AgFunder News

Denim announces growing investor portfolio including RGAx and American National Insurance Company. PR Newswire

Feltes One Way wins Aging2.0 Cedar Rapids pitch competition. NewBoCo

Michigan

Comerica Hatch Detroit is looking for contestants. Detroit Metro Times

Automation Alley opens registration for Integr8 – Global Industry 4.0 Conference. MiTechNews

Minnesota

Industrious opening coworking space in the North Loop. Twin Cities Business

Investors are suing Duluth’s GeaCom Inc. for millions of dollars. Duluth News Tribune

Richfield-based Sentera, one of several emerging makers of drones, sensors and software for America’s farmers, is gaining altitude. Star Tribune

Nebraska

Fruitful Design grows into Omaha’s tech community. Silicon Prairie News

EquipmentShare brings high-tech edge to construction. Silicon Prairie News