Middle Bit: Chicago has a new $1.6b fund & Mark Hasebroock named Kauffman Fellow

Harmon Tunnel Pammel Park In an effort to showcase Iowa, Clay & Milk will run a photo from around Iowa each week with the Middle Bit. This week, the Harmon Tunnel inside Pammel Park just west of Winterset, Iowa is the only highway tunnel in Iowa. It easily accommodates two-way traffic.

Techstars Kansas City announces its inaugural class

Techstars KC announced 10 tech firms on Monday for its three-month, mentor led program to accelerate startup companies, according to startlandnews.com. 

Five of the ten companies are from Kansas or Missouri and represent the ed tech, artificial intelligence, law, virtual reality and food industries. According to the story the firms are from cities including San Francisco, Austin, Phoenix, Wichita and Kansas City.

Startups receive $120,000 in exchange for six percent equity. They also have access to mentors and alumni from the Techstars network.

What else happened…

Colorado

Jeremy Bloom’s Integrate raises $8 million for marketing software — TechCrunch.com

Illinois

Twin Brook Capital Partners, a Chicago-based private equity firm, raised $1.6 billion for its AG Direct Lending Fund II — TwinCP.com

Iowa

Dentist shortage coming to Iowa? — The Des Moines Register

Dwolla adds multi-user feature — Dwolla 

Iowa State named partner in new Department of Energy research center — Cultivation Corridor 

Nebraska

Dundee Venture Capital’s Hasebroock named Nebraska’s first Kauffman Fellow — SPN

Happy Boards digitizes corporate messaging — SPN

Missouri

First Missouri Amazon facilities will employ 350 part-timers — St. Louis Post Dispatch

St. Louis entrepreneur tapped to lead Ag tech venture capital firm — St. Louis Post Dispatch

Minnesota

Calyxt goes public, looks to raise $105 million — tcbmag.com

4C Medical Technologies, a Brooklyn Park, Minn. based medical technology company completes $9m in funding — Finsmes.com

Gravie raises $14.1 million in Series C funding — Finsmes.com