The first Pitch Zoo event this past Monday (March 4th) went well.
The four “pitchers” did a wonderful job — thanks Kitt, Brian (and Dann), Matt, and Tom. Each one received feedback on their pitches which they felt was helpful.
The food that Maria Brennan (The Victorian Bakery) prepared was great. The coffee and tea provided by WaterStreet was much needed. And the atmosphere in general was very relaxing and conducisve to feedback.
But most importantly, it was great to see the turn out from the Kalamazoo startup community!!! 30-40 individuals participated in the first pitch zoo, which is twice as many as I was anticipating. It is wonderful to see such pro-activeness in the startup community.
Over time, this event will help build knowledge in the community on how to effectively talk succinctly about one’s business idea in order to get one’s listeners excited to ask more questions. That is the purpose of a short pitch — to get someone excite enough to ask more questions about your business idea. Then you can elaborate on more of the details of your idea.
The next Pitch Zoo event will be on April 1st, same place (@ Maestro), same time (6:30pm). Come enjoy April Fool’s day. RSVP.
Here are several pictures of Kitt, Brian, Matt, and Tom in action on Monday:
BTW: It wasn’t until the night of the event that I realized the venue, Maestro’s offices, had one more thing going for it as it relates to Pitch Zoo (other than it being a wonderfully architected space)…that it is on the corner of E. Michigan and PITCHER Street. How relevant is that for the Pitch Zoo event to be located at the crossroads of Michigan and Pitcher? 🙂