Echosec Wins in 2016 International Business Awards


Winners to Be Celebrated at Gala Event on 21 October in Rome, Italy

Victoria B.C. Canada – 22 August 2016 – Echosec Systems Ltd. was named the winner of a Silver Stevie® Award in the Startup of the Year category in the 13th Annual International Business Awards. Echosec is a location-first social media search engine that provides actionable intelligence to security teams, law enforcement government agencies and more. The solution allows users to view social content in particular geographies that are most relevant to them on a daily basis, from a pool of over 1 billion daily posts. Echosec is part of the Esri Startup Program, extending the geographic information system (GIS) functionality within the application.

The InternatiSilver Stevie Winneronal Business Awards are the world’s premier business awards program. All individuals and organizations worldwide – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small – are eligible to submit nominations. The 2016 IBAs received entries from more than 60 nations and territories.


A record total of more than 3,800 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories, including Best New Product or Service of the Year, Startup of the Year, and Executive of the Year, among others.  Echosec won in the Startup of the Year category for Business Industry Products.


“It’s an honor to be considered alongside all of the other innovative startups in this category.” – Echosec, CEO, Karl Swannie


“Esri is thrilled to learn of Echosec’s award. The ability to organize social media information on a map represents a fundamental shift in how real-time information about global events is acquired.” – Esri, Startup Program Manager, Kurt Daradics


Stevie Award winners were determined by the average scores of more than 200 executives worldwide who participated in the judging process from May through early August.

The Stevies Judges had nothing but positive things to say about Echosec application:

“Great technical innovation brings along a brilliant success in this case. Congratulations”

“The use of social data by its geographic source is an innovative approach to the delivery of tailored information in a fast-moving technology environment. Echosec is a trail- blazer.”

“This is a fascinating product and growth story. Particularly leveraging the Esri technology.”

“This year’s IBA judges were treated to many remarkable and inspiring stories of achievement around the world,” said Michael Gallagher, president and founder of the Stevie Awards.  “We look forward to sharing many of these stories with people around the world over the coming months, through the Stevie Awards blog and social media channels, with the hope that they will inspire and instruct the next generation of business achievers.”

About Echosec

Based in Victoria B.C., Canada, Echosec is a search engine that combines social media posts with geographic data.

The social media posts are retrieved from 10+ different sources while the geographic data and mapping expertise is provided by Esri through the Esri Start-up Program that Echosec is a part of.

The Echosec product delivers a unique way of displaying real-time, user-driven information about natural disasters, wars, and other global events. It provides public safety, security, journalism and intelligence professionals with the ability to easily and efficiently filter their searches to help find that ‘needle in the haystack’ they’re looking for.

Echosec is re-defining internet searching to change the way you see the world.


Find out more at, by following us on Twitter @echosec_search and by reading our blog:


About the Stevie Awards

Stevie Awards are conferred in seven programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 10,000 nominations each year from organizations in more than 60 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at


Details about The International Business Awards and the lists of Stevie Award winners are available at



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