What’s the Startup Zoo all about?


Hey there! Welcome to The Startup Zoo. We’re a group of passionate tech entrepreneurs excited about the growth Michigan has seen over the last few years, and determined to make Kalamazoo a part of that growing community. Kalamazoo’s roots have always been in entrepreneurship — the city has famously given birth to the Upjohn Company (now Pfizer), Gibson Guitars, Checker Cabs, and the world-famous Bell’s Brewery.


We’d like to continue the tradition of entrepreneurship in the Zoo, building a community of tech entrepreneurs who go on to build great companies. We want to help connect entrepreneurs to one another, to investors, mentors, and other leaders in our global community. We also want to be a cheerleader, shining a light on the amazing things entrepreneurs in Kalamazoo are doing. Michiganders are humble people, afraid to tell the world about all the great things they’re building. But we think we should be a little louder, a bit bolder, and show off all the amazing work happening right here in the Awesome Mitten. If that sounds like something you’re interested in, then do me a favor and come to our next meetup, chat with us on facebook, or send us an email. I can’t wait to meet you!


Whats On

Discover what's happening in the Kalamazoo tech community

3D Printing Comes to Startup Weekend

Friday, Nov 15 2013

We’re sure to see a lot of great website and app ideas pitched at Kalamazoo Startup Weekend 2013, but this year, we’re… Read More

Bootstrapping Sparknotes – April 17th Startup Zoo Meetup

Wednesday, Apr 24 2013

Below find notes from the April 17th Startup Zoo meetup on Bootstrapping. Thanks to Sydney Hill for the great notes! Bootstrapping. According… Read More


Friday, Oct 19 2012

Brad Feld, a successful entrepreneur and venture capitalist from Boulder Colorado, spent the last 15 years building a startup community in Boulder. He organized what… Read More


WMU Entrepreneurial Speaker Series

Thursday, Oct 18 2012

Western Michigan University’s Haworth College of Business is kicking off its brand new entrepreneurial breakfast series this Friday with guest Jen Randall. If you… Read More


Startup Zoo Meetup 9/19

Monday, Sep 24 2012

For everyone that missed Startup Zoo meetup last week, here’s a break down of what we talked about: Start Garden Feedback The… Read More