Name: Edoardo Camilli
Twitter handle: @CamilliEdoardo
Country of Origin: Italy
Organization Name: Hozint — Horizon Intelligence
Organization Website: http://www.hozint.com/
Brief Description of Organization: Hozint — Horizon Intelligence is a Political & Security Risk consulting firm based in Brussels, Belgium. We channel all our efforts in order to ensure a safer world and to the detection and mitigation of eminent security threats.
Our mission is to provide our clients with a constant flow of timely and relevant information to assist organisations in assessing and mitigating political, security and safety risks. Hozint provides a systematic examination of information to identify potential threats, risks, emerging issues and opportunities, allowing for better preparedness into the decision making process.
What inspired you to start this organization? Following the 9/11 attacks in Washington and New York, I developed a deep interest into international relations and security issues. I have discovered how organizations operating in risky environments can be subjected to a wide range of safety and security risks such as natural and man-made disasters. Therefore, my associates and I created Hozint, a consulting firm using open-source data to provide both qualitative and quantitative security assessments on the socio-political environment where organizations operate.
What is the next big step you hope to help your organization reach? I want to bring Hozint towards the adoption of big data technologies for the early warning and prediction of future social events such as protests, strikes and violent forms of civil unrest.
What has been your biggest obstacle as an entrepreneur? The biggest obstacle has been developing the company with limited financial resources. We decided to adopt a “lean approach” that required limited financial investment and to grow little by little as we were reaching more clients.
What advice would you give other emerging entrepreneurs? Listen to everybody’s advice, but at the end of the day trust your gut.