Engaging With +10,000 Professionals, Made Effortless With the Esri Start-Up Program

Karl SwannieMedia

Our startup, Echosec, is a real-time, location-based search engine mainly used for social media. We’ve done well over the past year and a half. We’ve met our objectives and we have a broad array of paying customers. Something every start-up craves.It took a lot of hard work to get to where we are today. It also took a very dedicated team of people, a bit of luck and great partnerships.

Like all startups, we are continually looking for accelerants: better technologies and introductions into untapped markets. [Tweet this]

Great news! We found what we were looking for.



Last month, we were invited to join the Esri Startup Program. A three-year program created by Esri, it gives emerging businesses the tools to build mapping and location analytics capabilities into their products. Through the program, we receive online services, content, software, training and support. The best part of the program though is that we now have access to the most dedicated team of start-up experts that we’ve ever met or even heard of.

The clients using Echosec represent industries ranging from marketing and brand management to media and corporate security. The feedback we’ve gotten from them surrounding our new, extended, functionality and integration with the Esri existing GIS system amplifies our excitement of being a part of Esri’s program.

Another perk of the Esri Startup Program is that they offered us booth space at the Esri User Conference in San Diego.  This is the largest GIS conference in the world. Of course, we jumped at the opportunity. This year’s conference was titled “Where GIS Inspiration Ignites”, and boy did it ever.


Echosec Booth

The conference was not an event where the startup zone was relegated to the back corner. We were front and center. There were an estimated 15,000 people at the conference. Most of whom, I swear, we talked to. Many of our visitors, who are experts in their field, called our software “the most exciting application they saw”.

The conference truly lived up to its title. We were inspired and hopefully we inspired others.

EUC on Echosec


Special shout outs to Kurt Daradics (@KurtyD) and Katie Decker (@GlobalDecker) of Esri. As well as all of the others in the start-up space who made the event so special including:

Also thanks to Glenn Letham (@gletham) for more inspiration.

Apologies if we missed anyone, we’ll see you next year!


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