Marc Penzel is the COO of Startup Genome, an organization that works with governments all over the world to accelerate the growth of their startup ecosystems through evidence-based policymaking. Based on the voice of 10,000+ entrepreneurs, 300 local partners and more than 40 city members, Marc and his team have built the largest multi-year research on what fuels the growth of startup ecosystems. Recently he has co-authored the 2017 Global Startup Ecosystem Report to be launched at the beginning of GEC Johannesburg. Prior to Startup Genome, Marc co-authored in-depth ecosystem reports on Waterloo and Hong Kong as part of Compass research. He also worked on ecosystem development projects with other subject matter experts. As an advocate of mission-driven innovation, Marc founded and managed a pro bono consulting project which improved the operations of 30 social enterprises to date.