What’s the Big Idea?

Upstart Co-Lab is “an unorthodox idea
to give philanthropy more power to do good”




The October issue of The Chronicle of Philanthropy recognizes Upstart Co-Lab for portraying artists as change-makers and “funding the good from creativity.” Upstart founding partner Laura Callanan was profiled as one of 26 people turning radical notions of “new philanthropy” into a reality.

Read the article to learn more about how Upstart is launching the first impact investing product for arts and creativity.


As foundations break down

the wall between grant
making and investing,
a sector that can’t accept
investment capital is going
to really get left behind.

Laura Callanan
Founding Partner
Upstart Co-Lab

This is the stage climate
change was at
15 years ago.

Patricia Farrar-Rivas
Veris Wealth Partners



Read The Chronicle of Philanthropy:
New Venture Connects Socially Minded Artists with Cash


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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