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Next Generation: Colligan Law's Matthew Pelkey, integral to Buffalo's startup community

The next generation of behind-the-scenes movers and shakers is rising up with fresh passion, bounding energy and unbridled drive — without them, the "new Buffalo" wouldn't have begun to take hold. Whether they're shepherding along the Queen City's entrepreneurs, reimagining what it means to be a full-service marketing agency or coming up with creative ways to match superstar workers with the companies that need and deserve them, the next generation of leaders in their fields is coming up fast. Here is a look at one such standout; click here to see more.


As a partner at Colligan Law, Matthew Pelkey has been credited with being an integral part of the firm's growth and success. He is at the center of Buffalo's startup community, providing legal services to entrepreneurs and cutting-edge businesses, and counseling high-growth startups.

Pelkey is a professor at his alma mater, the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he is program director at the university's Entrepreneurship Law Center. He plans and oversees the Innovation Hub's entrepreneurial clinical programs and is a mentor, lecturer and judge for UB's Blackstone Launchpad. He also mentors through StartFast Business Accelerator, the Founder Institute and Buffalo Startup Weekend.

He co-founded both the Buffalo chapter of Google Entrepreneurs' Startup Grind and Launch NY's monthly #LaunchHour Twitter chat. He is also a member of the 43North Tweet Team.

Pelkey is also passionate about sustainable development and is an active volunteer, especially with the Parkside Community Association, where he serves on the Board of Directors.

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