Creativity, Culture & Capital: Volume 3

With a Foreword by Rosemary Addis, Managing Partner, Mondiale Impact and an Afterword by Elizabeth Galbut and Pocket Sun of SoGal Ventures, this volume features essays from 31 global arts, creative industry, and impact investing leaders representing 12 countries.

An essay from Upstart Co-Lab’s Founding Partner Laura Callanan reflects on what’s next for impact investing in the U.S. creative economy:
Impact capital for an inclusive creative economy

Launched in 2021 to celebrate the United Nations International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development, Creativity, Culture & Capital illustrates how the creative sector delivers social impact, and proves that impact investment can support a more just and sustainable global creative economy.

Available in English and Spanish at, the collection includes a total of 100 essays, with contributions from 123 authors representing 28 countries.

Edited by Fundación Compromiso (Argentina), Nesta’s Arts & Culture Finance (UK), and Upstart Co-Lab (US).

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Upstart Co-Lab is grateful to our Creativity, Culture & Capital partners:


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