The Middle Bit: Week of May 14

Baldwin Cunningham, Brit + Co, speaking at Big Omaha. Photo via Silicon Prairie News.

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

Cloud-based fraud prevention startup Precognitive raises $1.25MChicagoInno

Chicago-based Uptake ranked No. 5 on CNBC’s list of Most Disruptive Companies. ChicagoInno

Chicago HS student using machine learning to fight cancer featured at Google I/O. ChicagoInno

Iowa

Edtech Startup Higher Learning Technologies secures $6 MillionNewscenter.io

Apply for the Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition. Gravitate

Wells Fargo seeks applications for startup accelerator program. Business Record

Nebraska

KC nonprofit leader will advise FCC committee on broadband. Startland News

Leawood Venture Capital opens new $25 million startup fundStartland News

Kauffman Foundation: National startup activity continues to improveKauffman Foundation

Missouri

Midland University launches Corporate Entrepreneurship Certificate Program. Silicon Prairie News

Get caught up on what’s happening at Big OmahaSilicon Prairie News

Bigger Than the Middle: What We Read this Week

These are the arguments against net neutrality — and why they’re wrong. TechCrunch

“You can’t understand the modern world if you can’t imagine selling what you love best.” The New York Times Magazine

If Donald Trump were actually a batteryThe New Yorker

This MIT student’s origami building blocks could make you more creativeFast Company

Chuck Klosterman X: A Highly Specific, Defiantly Incomplete History of the 21st Century. Chuck Klosterman

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