Our Work

In a technology-fueled global economy, our mission is to support forward-looking cities to catalyze their own startup ecosystems to fully participate in it.


Over the last 7 years we have provided a way for entrepreneurs everywhere to tell us about their journeys and their regions - giving their local expertise a voice at the policy-making table. Our primary research with founders, supplemented with secondary research and data from global and local partners, helps create the world’s most comprehensive research on startups.


Passionate about technology’s potential to improve lives on a massive scale, we're working with our global network of country and city leaders to help communities everywhere have a radical and direct influence on the success of startups.

Our Management Team

Our team of analysts, policy experts, entrepreneurs, and startup enthusiasts contribute to research that seeks to identify the codes of how startup ecosystems function, evolve, and generate successful startups.

JF Gauthier, Founder and CEO

Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur, JF has founded five businesses in two continents, with two successful exits, two ongoing, and one miserable failure, source of much learning. He is also an active angel investor, founded a coworking space, and advised VCs on investment decisions. He started in banking then in tech strategy and corporate innovation, advising IBM, Cisco, Agilent/HP, J&J, Abbott and others, for the firm of Kim Clark, former Dean of Harvard Business School, alongside Clayton Christensen and other thought-leaders. Harvard MBA.


Dane Stangler, President and Chief Policy Officer

Dane specializes in entrepreneurship development and economic growth, and provides insights and policy analysis for startup ecosystems worldwide. He is Visiting Vorzimer Professor of Entrepreneurship at LIU Post and former Vice President for Research and Policy at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. A frequent public speaker and writer, Dane’s work is published in The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Forbes.com, and Washington Monthly, and he is frequently quoted by national broadcast and print outlets.

Marc Penzel, Founder and COO

Marc focuses on ecosystem strategies as they relate to sub-sector strengths and scaleup production, European policy, and growth of the global community. Prior to founding Startup Genome, Marc worked in strategy consulting and on numerous startup ecosystem development projects. He led a pro bono consulting firm that supported more than 50 social enterprises. Marc is a frequent public speaker and popular presenter at technology and economic development conferences.


Arnobio Morelix, Director of Research

Arnobio focuses on ecosystem assessment, especially within Deep Tech and Life Sciences IP production. Arnobio has worked for the Kauffman Foundation, where he created the Growth Entrepreneurship Index and the Main Street Entrepreneurship Index, hailed as the “bible of entrepreneurship trends” by The Huffington Post and used by senators, governors, city leaders, Fortune 500 companies, and the White House. His work has been covered in The New York Times, The Economist, and The Wall Street Journal. He also serves data science-focused appointments at Inc. Magazine and Stanford University.


Open Positions

Do you want to help cities around the world foster entrepreneurship and help startups thrive? We’ve been looking for you.

We're also always open to hear from great talent, send your CV to careers@startupgenome.com.

Meet our Partners

Our partners are critical to our work. We team up with city leaders, accelerators, coworking spaces, founders, and policy institutions of all sizes to build a global network and drive local change that has a lasting impact on economic growth.

Learn More About Our Partners


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Fueled by primary research with 10,000+ startups annually, we support
local ecosystem leaders building consensus for action on key challenges.

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