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!