Upstart Co-Lab is
connecting capital with creative people who make a profit and make a difference.

We interviewed entrepreneurs in our network about their companies, their impact, and their experience with impact investors financing their growth.

Max Slavkin, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Creative Action Network, discusses finding impact investors who share his values to finance a platform connecting artists with social causes.

Sam Farrazaino, Founder of Equinox Studios, describes launching a ‘creative industrial complex’ for artists and artisans in Seattle, and its evolution into the Georgetown Community Development Authority.

Pree Walia, CEO & Founder of Preemadonna, discusses her inspiration for building a community of ‘Preemadonnas’ – girls and young women excited by tech, entrepreneurship and creative expression.

Dave Silver and Will Toms, Co-founders of REC, describe building a creative community in their hometown of Philadelphia, and give advice to impact investors.


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