echo is driven forward by an international, interdisciplinary team of young and experienced academics.
This core team enjoys the backing of a wide network of supporters whose voluntary engagement and cooperation give echo additional momentum: experts from various areas with long work experience, politicians, organisations, initiatives and other synergy-seeking internet projects.
echo was started in September 2008. In October 2009, a German non-profit association echo source e.V. was founded. In April 2011, echo Systems UG was founded as a 100% subsidiary of the association to take over responsibility for technical realisation, editorial work and international marketing and sales. The company will be operated as a social business. Its "Your-Profit" business philosophy is inspired by the ethical principles and values of Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus.
From 2010 till early 2011, echo was funded by the EXIST program through the EU, the ESF and BMWi. Additionally, echo also receives financial support of some private donors.
The work of echo currently focuses on further development of the software prototype, on creating marketable product derivatives as well as on finding and negotiating with new partners, sponsors and (preferably sustainable) investors.