Starting Up - What Every Founder Needs to Know

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Part one of a three part series

Matt Pelkey

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Wednesday, September 2, 2020
Noon-1 p.m. EST

What does a founder need to know about company formation, governance and positioning the company for growth? This webinar will cover entity choice options, jurisdiction choice, and the factors to consider when starting a high-growth venture or a lifestyle business.

About Matt Pelkey
Matt Pelkey, JD '10, BA '07, is a business attorney representing investors, high-growth startups, innovative entrepreneurs, and established public and private businesses throughout New York State. His goal in representing clients is to develop long term relationships—often taking on the role of outside general counsel—to ensure that day-to-day legal challenges are handled efficiently and that entrepreneurs can focus on what’s important: running and growing their businesses. Matthew is an active member of the Western New York startup ecosystem dedicating time to helping organizations such as Upstate Venture Connect, TechStars, Startup Grind, Founder’s Institute, LaunchNY, 43North, and Blackstone Launchpad.

As a faculty member at the University at Buffalo School of Law, Matthew teaches startup law and innovation through the Entrepreneurship Law Center. He is a regular lecturer to faculty, students, and founders on how to start and grow a business, and the various legal issues that can present challenges along the way.Matthew’s dedication to business and community has resulted in being recognized as the 2019 Buffalo News Next Generation Professional; 2018 Buffalo Business First 40 Under 40; 2018-2019 Super Lawyers Rising Star; 2018 Finalist for Upstate Capital Association of New York Dealmaker of the Year Transactional Professional; Three-time finalist for Upstate Venture Connect Community Catalyst Award; 2016 Emerging Business Leader Award by the Amherst Chamber of Commerce; and the 2014 Young Professional Leadership Award by the Amherst Chamber of Commerce.