Creativity, Culture & Capital:
The Untapped Potential of the
Global Creative Economy

Watch Upstart Co-Lab‘s founding partner Laura Callanan in dialogue with Roberta Annan, managing partner of the new Impact Fund for African Creatives, and John Howkins, the “father of the creative economy” on the power and future of the global creative economy at SOCAP21.



Read essays by Roberta Annan, John Howkins and 94 other experts from 24 countries including with essays written by 96 experts from 24 countries including Sir Ronald Cohen, Yo-Yo Ma, Marta Minujín and Darren Walker in Creativity, Culture, Capital: Impact investing in the global creative economy.

Edited by Upstart Co-Lab, Nesta’s Arts & Culture Finance and Fundación Compromiso

Upstart Co-Lab is grateful to our Creativity, Culture & Capital partners


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