Middle Bit: K.C Startup Foundation receives $1 million donation; Minneapolis company starts youth sports directory

Clark Tower Clark Tower is located inside the Winterset City Park. The three-story limestone tower is only accessible through the city park and taking a narrow one way winding rock road for about a mile in and another mile out.

Affinity Worldwide donated $1 million to the Kansas City Startup Foundation—a nonprofit connecting the local startup ecosystem in Kansas City, Mo—according to a story Sunday on startlandnews.com.

As part of the donation, Kansas City-based Affinity also donated ownership of the Center for Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Development—the parent organization of Startland News— to the foundation, according to the story.

The Kansas City Startup Foundation will absorb the programs and staff from the Center for Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Development.

The $1 million donation will be distributed over five years. The foundation now has more resources and several established brands that could lead to improved opportunities to privately fundraise.

“This merger will allow us to take all of our efforts to the next level,” Adam Arredondo, Executive Director of the Kansas City Startup Foundation and co-founder of the Center for Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Development, told Startland News. “We’ve had a number of ideas on the back burner until we expanded our capacity. Our capacity is officially expanded.”

Youth sports directory from Minneapolis company

Minneapolis-based Sports Engine Inc. is launching the largest youth sports directory in North America, according to a story Tuesday in the Star Tribune.

According to the story, Sports Engine Inc. was purchased by NBC Sports Group last summer and is the nations largest provider of web software and mobile applications to manage youth, amateur and professional sports. It’s new directory is intended to be a search engine for parents looking for youth sports programs in their areas.

Parents use details such as what sport they want, postal code, gender and age to find leagues. They can then see what sports are offered in their area, cost and contact information.

The Sports Engine Youth Directory has more than 100,000 youth sports listings.

Watch a robot work in a St. Louis grocery store

Towards the end of July the St.Louis Post Dispatch reported a robot would be roaming the halls of certain Schnucks grocery stores in the St. Louis area during a six-week pilot test.

The pilot started last week.

The St. Louis Post Dispatch posted a video of the robot here.

What else happened…

Colorado

BP makes natural gas find near Colorado border – The Denver Post

Stream raises $3 million from Arthur Ventures – GetStream.Io

Illinois

Chicago’s coworking scene gains a new firm – The Chicago Tribune

Iowa

Nationwide pays $321,000 to Iowa in data breach settlement – The Des Moines Register

Ag Startup Engine adds Peterson Genetics – Agriculture.com

Michigan

Amazon opening package pickup store at Eastern Michigan University – Detroit Free Press

Missouri

St. Louis startup Confluence Life Sciences sold – St. Louis Post Dispatch

PowerPost expands outside of St. Louis – Silicon Prairie News

Wisconsin

Kohls sale’s fall but traffic improves – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel