June 13, 2017

Colligan Law is proud to announce that Partner Matthew Pelkey has been nominated as a “Community Catalyst” in the third annual Upstate Venture Ecosystem Awards, organized by Upstate Venture Connect and the Upstate Venture Association of New York.

“Upstate Venture Ecosystem Award nominations represent the entrepreneurial leaders throughout Upstate New York who are transforming our region’s venture community,” said UVC Founder & Venture Catalyst Martin Babinec. “They are the leaders and companies making Upstate the go-to destination for entrepreneurs.”

Community Catalyst is awarded to individuals who organize programs to bring together diverse startup ecosystem players in a local community and/or increase the amount of capital and number of active early stage investors in that community.

Pelkey is a Partner at Colligan Law, served as a member of the ECIDA Venture Capital Advisory Group, was a co-founder and director of Startup Grind Buffalo, contributing blogger to UVC, co-founder of Black Squirrel Distillery, member of FIKA, member of the 43North Tweet Team, member of the United Way of Buffalo Investment Committee, volunteer for UB Blackstone LaunchPad and the Amherst Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 Emerging Business Leader of the Year.

Winners will be announced at a special awards luncheon held at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown on September 19. Tickets are available for purchase here.

About Colligan Law LLP

Colligan Law LLP is a Buffalo-based law firm with an experienced startup practice area with a focus on counseling emerging companies and entrepreneurs all across Upstate New York. The attorneys at Colligan Law LLP offer experience in all phases of business formation, seed funding and venture capital, tax compliance, and turn-around company advancement.

About UVC

UVC is a 501c3 public benefit non-profit creating an entrepreneur-led startup ecosystem for Upstate NY. Since 2010, UVC has helped launch four angel funds and two startup accelerators. UVC also hosts a region-wide events calendar, online startup map and a communications platform that reaches thousands. In 2014, UVC launched UNY50, an invitation only network of individuals who have experienced the startup world roller coaster and are committed to helping build the next great Upstate company.  Learn more at 


The Upstate Venture Association of New York (UVANY) advances investments in companies throughout Upstate New York. We facilitate connections between capital providers, companies and transaction professionals across the state.  Learn more at