The Middle Bit: Week of April 23

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

Oracle launches “startups inside Oracle” centers to create new-age tech for its customers, with locations in Virginia and Colorado. Business Insider

Arvada-based construction tech company Prescient announced the close of a $40 million Series D. Built In Colorado

Illinois

Ex-Walgreens CEO launches start-up tech venture. USA Today

Chicago-based venture philanthropy launches a $1M nationwide healthcare challengeChicagoInno

Origin Ventures closes its fourth venture capital fund with $80 million in fundingBuilt In Chicago

Iowa

Plaid & Dwolla announce new partnership to offer fully tokenized ACH payment integration. PR Newswire

Several UI Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center Founders Club students presented their newly established businesses at the Hawkeye Innovation Expo on April 21. The Daily Iowan

Local emerging fashion designer, Emily Carlson of WRITTEN Apparel, to join forces with fellow female designers for the Women’s Empowerment Fashion Show sponsored by Born Leaders United. Press Release

Max Farrell and Andrew Kirpalani, Co-Founders of WorkHound, share five lessons learned at the April Square One DSM Startup Stories event. DSM Partnership

Missouri

Edward Jones partners with SixThirty to support financial technology startups. EQ

The Kauffman Foundation has launched a grant program to award up to $7 million to programs around the nation with grants ranging from $50,000 to $500,000. Startland News

Mobility Designed raises nearly $900K from iiM, local investors. Startland News