Since our beginnings in 2004, Aeris has established risk management standards for private community loan funds (CDFIs) and has helped drive the development of impact measurement and management practices in the CDFI industry—a learning curve now being replicated in the broader impact investment world. In 2013, the Aeris Cloud became the first online platform to help CDFI investors understand the impact and financial performance of their investments. Today, the broader investing field seeks a reliable, high-quality tool to collect, manage, and analyze impact data. Aeris’ unique experience and expertise can help accelerate the pace of impact investing.
Upstart Co-Lab believes in the power of creative people to solve problems. We are disrupting how creativity is funded by connecting the $12 trillion of socially responsible and impact investing capital in the U.S. to the $804 billion U.S. creative economy.
Since 2016, Upstart Co-Lab has framed the creative economy as an impact investing priority; garnered international attention for impact investing in the creative economy; and connected more than $10 million of impact capital with creative economy opportunities. We have learned that the creative economy offers investors impact value, commercial viability and innovative edge; correlates with diversity, equity, inclusion; and is relevant in both developed and developing markets.
Recognized as the sector leader, Upstart Co-Lab is relentlessly focused on moving $25 million of impact capital to the creative economy in the next three years. We will do this working with investors partners and strategic partners to originate new investment vehicles including a socially-themed ETF, a fund focused on the global handcraft economy, and an Opportunity Zone Fund. Upstart Co-Lab is a project of nonprofit Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.