2021 Impact Report:
Investing for an
Inclusive Creative Economy

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Upstart Co-Lab tracks the impact of investments in the creative economy across five dimensions:

  • Access to capital for BIPOC and women entrepreneurs: Funds and companies that are led by diverse managers and founders, respectively; as well as investments in funds that are backing diverse founders.

  • Quality Jobs: Jobs that provide a living wage, basic benefits, career-building opportunities, wealth-building opportunities, and a fair and engaging workplace.

  • Vibrant communities: Activities that strengthen economic development, encourage civic engagement, build resiliency, and contribute to quality of life.

  • Sustainable creative lives: Ownership models, earnings opportunities, and pathways to wealth building that support a “creative middle class.”

  • An inclusive creative economy: Economic activity anchored in Openness & Experimentation, Diversity & Inclusion, and Tradition & Innovation that benefits artists, designers and all members of the community.
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Click on each logo to learn more about the impact of the funds and companies featured: