John Mueller

Pitch Zoo was started by John Mueller in 2013, with the first event being held in March 2013 — with 53 innings pitched in Kalamazoo during the first two years..  At the time, Mueller was a professor at Western Michigan University (WMU) where he taught entrepreneurship.

Mark Omwansa joined the team in 2016 to work on making Pitch Zoo an organization that could have multiple chapters / meetups.

Pitch Zoo started as a monthly gathering of the Kalamazoo startup community where individuals fast pitch their new business idea (3 minutes) to the local Kalamazoo crowd in a fun environment, and receive constructive feedback on their pitch.  [ See FAQ for more details about the structure of the events and the guidelines for pitches ]

Maestro Office

Pitch Zoo events were initially held the first Monday of every month from 6:30-7:30pm at 401 E. Michigan, Suite 202, Kalamazoo, MI 49007  in the Maestro’s offices.  Thank you Maestro.

View Larger Map