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.
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