Drones do windows | St. Louis is a 5-star community

Safer window cleaning

KANSAS CITY, MO—Here’s another great use of drones: Using them to do cleaning for exterior building surfaces. Startup Drone Wash is hoping to roll out this tech amid skyrocketing liability insurance premiums for window cleaning companies. Founder Andrew Brain said the firm plans to seek angel investor funding and acquire three to four more drones later this year.

Hire a CMO

DES MOINES, IA—Add another phrase to your business vocab: “Marketing Leadership-as-a-Service.” A new company called Propel provides fractional Chief Marketing Office services to mid-size companies and VC-funded startups. A fractional CMO is a marketing executive who performs the function of a CMO without the company having to commit to hiring one inhouse.

St. Louis earns five stars

ST. LOUIS, MO—An annual study conducted by the University of Michigan-Dearborn’s Center for Innovation Research has recognized St. Louis as a five-star community, the highest rating offered. Researchers focused on the five-year changes in property values, community assets and tax rates, which can demonstrate the growth, investments and cost of doing business in a community.

Students at OSU compete in accelerator

COLUMBUS, OH—The Ohio State University undergraduate, graduate, and professional students are participating in the first-ever President’s Buckeye Accelerator. They will receive skill-building support, mentorship and funding to turn their ideas into real-life business ventures. You can see the 10 students and their entrepreneurial ventures who have been selected to pitch at President’s Buckeye Finale on April 6 by clicking here.

Epigraph and national retailers partner

KANSAS CITY, MO—Startup tech company Epigraph is helping both national retailers and local technology companies push into a future they might not realize they’ll need yet. The company recently started a partnership with ACE Hardware to provide the Augmented Reality (AR) technology that’s being used on the retailer’s website right now for some of its products.