Join Upstart Co-Lab for two webinars in May


Creative Places and Businesses: Catalyzing Community Growth
Thursday, May 3
2:30 – 3:30 PM ET
Co-hosted by Opportunity Finance Network



CDFIs have invested in creative places and businesses for decades as a fundamental part of developing healthy, vibrant, and sustainable communities. Today $1.5 billion of investable opportunities in the creative economy have the potential to stabilize threatened communities and benefit regions looking to attract and develop quality jobs.

As part of the webinar, OFN invites CDFIs to complete this brief survey.


Impact Investing in the Creative Economy
Thursday, May 31
2:00 – 3:30PM ET
Co-hosted by Foundation Center and Grantmakers in the Arts



There is an opportunity today to engage capital that values diversity, equity, and inclusion to help shape a creative economy that reflects the culture and heritage of communities and creatives across the U.S.


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