The Surprise Social Entrepreneurs

Promoting healthy eating. Building community cohesion. Stewarding the environmentReforming the criminal justice system. Sounds like the work of social entrepreneurs? Yes, but it’s also the work of artists. Surprised?

Toni Johnson of the F.B. Heron Foundation and Upstart Co-Lab founding partner Laura Callanan talk about artists as social entrepreneurs in the latest installment of Soundbites. Ready for another surprise? There are three artists on staff at the Heron Foundation leading the charge on mission-related investing. Listen to the 10-minute conversation to find out who.



Did you know Hollywood actress Hedy Lamar invented the technology that became Bluetooth? That William Herschel, composer of 24 musical symphonies, discovered the planet Uranus? That 19th century actor Isaac Merritt Singer held patents for multiple inventions including one for an automatic sewing machine?

This is why Upstart Co-Lab is creating more opportunities for artist-innovators.  And this is how.



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