Forbes, Impact Investment — and the Arts

Never expected a major business magazine to cover impact investing in the arts and creative economy? Must mean it’s a great idea!

In fact, Forbes magazine dubbed Upstart’s founding partner Laura Callanan and Kelley Lindquist, CEO of Upstart’s partner Artspace, as entrepreneurs who #ChangeTheWorld.

You can read the article. You can watch the video. You can listen to the audio podcast (while keeping your New Year’s resolution at the gym….)

Find out why the creative economy is more than 4% of the US GDP, but art and culture are 0% of impact investing. And what’s being done to close that gap.

“Impact investing can unlock capital that allows artists
to accelerate their creative endeavors, enhance
the impact of their work and, in certain cases,
create sustainable social ventures in the creative economy.”

– Jack Meyercord, Head of Impact Investments at Bienville Capital


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