The Middle Bit: Week of May 7

Clay & Milk's portraiture coverage of EntreFEST, the largest gathering of Iowa’s entrepreneurial and innovation community.

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

Illinois Senate passes legislation to slash start-up costsIllinois Policy

Furniture startup Interior Define raises $8M. Built In Chicago

Listen Ventures wants to find the next B2C startup success in Chicago. ChicagoInno

Iowa

American Farm Bureau Federation contest promotes rural economic growth for entrepreneurial food/agriculture businesses. Iowa Farm Bureau

New event series to inform, educate and inspire business owners. Greater Des Moines Partnership

New Iowa City space wants to incubate the next brick-and-mortar stores. The Gazette

Minnesota

MedTech Conventus secures $20M in Series C funding round. Twin Cities Business

Be The Match subsidiary emerges as a Biotech Venture playerTwin Cities Business

New technology investment fund looks to invest $50k-$100k into emerging tech companies. TechMN

Missouri

KC tech startup partners with Children’s Mercy to help diagnose, manage care. Startland News

CNBC recently featured Victor Hwang, Kauffman Foundation VP, to discuss gaps in entrepreneurship. Startland News

Opera Theatre St. Louis engages startups with special events geared toward innovation community. EQ STL

Applications are due for the Prosper Women Entrepreneurs Startup Accelerator May 19. Prosper STL

Nebraska

Dundee Venture Capital closes $31m fund to back Midwest tech startups. Startland News 

Lincoln accelerator NMotion announces 2017 cohortsSilicon Prairie News

Bigger Than the Middle: What We Read this Week

On Nonconformity: Artist Ben Shahn’s Spirited Defense of Nonconformists as Society’s Engine of Growth and Greatness. Brain Pickings

When Giants FallThe New Yorker

One CEO explains why the best time to change everything is when it’s working out great. Fast Company

How privacy became a commodity for the rich and powerful. The New York Times Magazine

How a humble pineapple became art. The New York Times

Dance of death: are the days of the moshpit numbered? The Guardian

A Clay & Milk Cartoon by Nathan T. Wright. Clay & Milk

Jami Milne is the interim managing editor of Clay & Milk. Send her an email at editor@clayandmilk.com.