Upstart Co-Lab has identified more than 100 funds that have invested in the creative economy in the last 5 years. Learn about three of these funds, and read the real-life story of a B Corporation in the creative economy that recently raised impact capital.

Access Ventures is an impact investment firm that builds more inclusive economies through mission-aligned investments that enable communities to flourish. Creative Arts is one of five pillars of their portfolio. Read what they have to say about the Creative Economy.

HEVA Fund is a Nairobi-based fund that invests in the transformative social and economic potential of the creative economy in East Africa. Read about how HEVA is building the creative economy as a source of 21st Century jobs.

Purpose Ventures makes evergreen investments in companies that have made a binding commitment to keep remain independent and mission-driven. Read about one Purpose Ventures investment that mixes crowdsourcing art, new social media platforms, and the growing trend of consumers spending their dollars expressing their values.

Creative Action Network shares their journey of raising impact investment capital to scale their business.


Will you be at SoCap18? Or the 2018 Grantmakers in the Arts Conference: Race, Space, and Place? So will Upstart Co-Lab!

Please join us at the GIA conference on Tuesday October 23 at 10am for a session on Impact Investing in the Creative Economy and Wednesday October 24 at 8am for a more in-depth Roundtable on the topic.

Please join us at SoCap18 on Thursday afternoon October 25 for Creative Workspace and Quality Jobs.

Hope we see you there!


Barron’s: Future Returns: Upstart Co-Lab to Create Inclusive Creative Economy Fund

Forbes: Upstart Co-Lab Aims To Create A $100 Million Portfolio Of Creative Economy Funds, Companies

The New York Times: A Push to Invest in the Arts Grows Stronger

Forbes: Amid This Year’s Struggle, New And Tougher Companies Are Born In The $900M Creative Economy

Monocle: Worthy Investment

Financial Times: Museums should lead in socially responsible investing

Pioneers Post: Global coalition explores ideas for new impact investment fund to back creative enterprises

ImpactAlpha: Building a personal portfolio of impact investments in the creative economy

Fast Company: Why Impact Investing Funds Need To Invest In Creativity

Stanford Social Innovation Review: Capital for Creativity

The New York Times: Investing in Creativity, and in the Greater Good

Real Leaders: The Innovator Connecting Impact Investing to The Creative Economy

Barron’s: Investing in the Creative Economy is a Boon to Artists and Communities

ImpactAlpha: Investments in the creative economy will help drive an inclusive COVID recovery

Real Leaders: The Power of Art, Design, Culture, Heritage and Creativity

The Art Newspaper: How museums can ethically invest their money

GenderSmart Investing: Is Impact Investing Repeating The Mistakes Of Investing? The Solution Is A Creative One

ImpactAlpha: Investment opportunities in expanding access and ownership in the creator economy

McKinsey & Company: How an alum is disrupting funding for creativity and culture