Increasing opportunities for artists as innovators, unleashing more capital for creativity, and enabling sustainable creative lives and an inclusive creative economy.

Upstart Co-Lab is disrupting how creativity is funded. We frame the creative economy as an impact investing priority, and mobilize impact capital for creative economy opportunities. We demonstrate how the creative economy correlates with diversity, equity and inclusion — and offers investors commercial viability and an innovative edge.

Upstart Co-Lab is building an ecosystem where impact investors can connect with funds, businesses and real estate projects driving deep social and environmental impact through the creative economy.

With strategic partners, we envision new investment vehicles that help values-aligned capital flow to ethical fashion, sustainable food, social impact media, other creative businesses and creative places.

The impact will be unstoppable.


SOCAP21: Creativity, Culture & Capital: The Untapped Potential of the Global Creative Economy

Bringing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to American Museums’ $40 billion Endowments

ImpactAssets: Impact Investing in the Creative Economy

Impact Entrepreneur: Driving Opportunity Through Impact Investing in the Creative Economy

Impact Investing and the Arts: How Museums and Cultural Institutions Invest With Their Values

SoCap19: Saying No to Opioid Money is Not Enough

NY1: New Fund Allows City's Creative Artists to Have Space to Thrive

The Atlantic: Supporting the Creative Economy

SoCap13: The Surprise Social Entrepreneur

The Atlantic: Investing in Creativity

Ford Foundation #InequalityIs: Laura Callanan on inequality and art

The Atlantic: Building Creative Economies

GSG Global Impact Summit: Creativity, Culture & Capital: Opportunities for Impact Investing in the Creative Economy

Impact Entrepreneur: The Impact of the Creative Economy with Laura Callanan