August started with a bang for Upstart Co-Lab. The social sector, the arts sector, and the impact investing sector all recognized our efforts to spotlight artists as innovators and unleash more capital for creativity.


“In an era when government funding of the arts is under constant pressure…
impact investing in the arts is simply genius” – The NonProfit Times


Upstart Co-Lab’s Laura Callanan was named to The Nonprofit Times Power and Influence Top 50. She’s the only arts-related leader recognized this year. #NPTpower50.


“Upstart Co-Lab is creating a three-part campaign to highlight the massive potential of artists as innovators” – Artsy


Check out the Artsy editorial, and read our report Great Minds Don’t Think Alike: Artists as innovators in business, government, and society.


“More than $1.5 billion in arts-related investment opportunities are coming online” – Barron’s


The Barron’s article describes the opportunity for impact investing in the creative economy, what types of deals are delivering financial and social return, and what investors should tell their wealth advisors.



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