Announcing Upstart Co-Lab’s
2022 Impact Report:
Investing for an Inclusive Creative Economy

The report details the creative economy investments closed by the Upstart Member Community since 2020.

It also describes Upstart’s proprietary pipeline of investable opportunities in creative industries including fashion, film & TV, and food, and outlines the five dimensions of people-focused impact that Upstart tracks in all the investments we consider: access to capital for BIPOC and women entrepreneurs, quality jobs, vibrant communities, sustainable creative lives, and an inclusive creative economy.

Signaling the successful conclusion of our Member Community, it previews Upstart’s next chapter – the Inclusive Creative Economy Strategy
the first, national impact investment strategy for the U.S. creative economy.



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