We have been busy since launching Upstart Co-Lab in April. At Bennington College, we taught a class on Bringing Creativity to Sustainable Companies. We visited Arizona State University to plan hackathons that will connect artists with sustainability scientists, policymakers and impact investors to address the challenges of a sustainable future.  Working with our strategic partners the Actors Fund, Artspace, B Lab, the Calvert Foundation, Oberlin College, and Veris Wealth Partners we have made great progress on our portfolio of five projects. Stay tuned for announcements in the coming months.


A hearty thank you to David Bank and Brian Walsh of ImpactAlpha. David recently interviewed our founding partner Laura Callanan about bringing creativity to impact investing. Their wide-ranging conversation covered what it will take to make creativity truly investable, how leaders trained in the arts are innovating in the field of impact investing, and artists who are social entrepreneurs.

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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