Earlier this week, we officially announced that Birds Eye Aerial Drones, LLC (BEAD) has been accepted into the Palm Springs iHub business incubator program.

BEAD, a veteran-owned organization out of San Diego, is a leader in aerial drone services, providing high-caliber imaging for construction, utilities, government, agriculture, golf courses, and other industries. In their expansion to Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley, they will bring new and innovative services focusing on water, construction, golf, and agricultural industries, especially by combining 3D mapping and thermal imaging.

CEO Scott Painter says, “As a part of our entry into the Coachella Valley, we’ve relocated our VP of Flight Operations to Palm Desert. This allows for both personal knowledge of Valley needs as well as an in-person client experience. We are very much looking forward to calling the Coachella Valley our home away from home.”

Committed to Growing a Local Skilled Workforce

“Over the past several months, we have met with BEAD’s leadership team, working towards the goal of a successful admission into the Palm Springs iHub,” says Laura James, CVEP’s Vice President of Innovation. “We are impressed with the company’s commitment to innovation, safety, integrity, and quality. Moreover, we are enthusiastic about BEAD’s desire to foster the growth of the local workforce, particularly in the rapidly evolving field of drone data and imagery. Their expansion into this market, with a focus on construction and the golf industry, is a fantastic addition to the local business landscape.”

CVEP’s Palm Springs iHub is dedicated to supporting the growth of technology-focused businesses by providing support resources, networking opportunities, and professional input. For companies seeking to add high-quality jobs in the Coachella Valley, admission to the Palm Springs iHub provides a soft landing that eases integration into the local business community. For over a decade, the iHub has attracted and supported more than 80 companies. These companies demonstrate a commitment to driving technological advancements, creating high-quality jobs, and actively advancing economic opportunity in the region.

“We are thrilled to be admitted to the Palm Springs iHub,” said Sheri Painter, Co-founder of BEAD. “This is a great opportunity for us as a growing business. Having the wealth of knowledge from CVEP staff and other iHub peers insures we are off to a solid start. Being veteran-owned often means we start behind the line. This opportunity gives us a solid starting position.”

As a member of the Palm Springs iHub, BEAD will gain access to a range of benefits, including an entrepreneurial peer group, mentorship, meeting space, targeted introductions, and networking events.