BUFFALO, NY – Colligan Law is proud to announce that Partner David Colligan has been the
2015 Community Catalyst at the first-ever Upstate Venture Ecosystem Awards, organized by
Upstate Venture Connect (uvc.org) and the Upstate Venture Association of New York
Colligan is a partner at Colligan Law; founding director and chairman of the board, Launch New
York; board member, WNY Venture Association; and founding member, Buffalo Angels.
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.
Winners were announced at a special luncheon event held at the Turning Stone Resort,
featuring serial entrepreneur Jeff Hoffman. An independent panel of judges reviewed the
nominations and determined the winners. For a complete list of nominees visit the UVC website.
About Colligan Law LLP
Colligan Law LLP’s vision is that the Western New York community has an innovative
community developing in the business world. The firm has structured its legal services to
support and provide services to the growing businesses in the area. In May, Colligan Law
announced the official formation of the firm’s “startup” practice area, which will focus on
counseling emerging companies and entrepreneurs across Upstate New York. The attorneys at
Colligan Law offer experience in all phases of business formation, seed funding and venture
capital, tax compliance, and turn-around company advancement.
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. UVC was awarded the 2015 Global Innovation
Ecosystem Award this past January. More information at uvc.org.
UVANY is the largest and most active group promoting private capital financings across Upstate
NY. UVANY members cover the entire investment stack from angels and venture capital firms to
private equity funds and banks. Its membership also includes the region’s most influential legal
and financial service providers. Through its highly regarded and well attended events, as well as
member-only activities, UVANY facilitates connectivity, awareness, and learning opportunities
critical to grow venture financings and exits. UVANY is also at the forefront of collecting and
reporting deal data for the Upstate region and represents Upstate NY on the National Venture
Capital Association’s regional associations working group. More information at uvany.org.