Research

Impact Investing in the Creative Economy: diving deep into Ethical Fashion, Sustainable Food and Social Impact Media

In an effort to demystify the creative economy for impact investors, impact fund managers and other stakeholders, Upstart Co-Lab dives deep into three large and growing consumer industries within the creative economy: fashion, food and media. Each deep dive includes a historical overview of seminal moments catalyzing change in the market segment, a catalogue of the relevant impact areas and metrics, an illustrative list of innovative companies driving impact and investors actively focused in the market segment, a summary of market dynamics, and an investment thesis for both social and financial return.

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NYC Inclusive Creative Economy Fund 2019 Impact Report

The first impact investment fund focused on arts, design, culture and creativity in the context of community development launched in October 2018. The NYC Inclusive Creative Economy Fund finances the affordable workspaces that make it possible for creatives to start and grow businesses, hire workers into 21st century creative economy quality jobs, and maintain the spirit of New York City as a place where creativity is produced, not just consumed.

Read more about the Fund in the first annual impact report from the Local Initiative Support Corporation. The Fund was developed and launched in partnership with Upstart Co-Lab.

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The Community Reinvestment Act and the Creative Economy: Investing in Creative Places and Businesses as Part of Comprehensive Community Development

This white paper published by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco proposes greater alignment between CRA-motivated capital and the creative economy by highlighting the range of creative places and business activities which have benefited from CRA funding over time. Hopefully this will: 1) bring more attention to these types of projects among community stakeholders; 2) increase awareness of their potential CRA eligibility; and 3) lead to more CRA-motivated investment in the creative economy in the future.

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HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT: Impact Investing in the Creative Economy

A new report looks at more than 100 funds with $60 billion of aggregate assets that have been investing in the creative economy over the past 5 years. These include conventional, socially responsible, and impact funds focused on ethical fashion, sustainable food, social impact media, other creative businesses and creative places. Key learnings include how the creative economy offers impact value, commercial viability and innovative edge; how a creativity lens correlates with diversity, equity, inclusion; and how a creativity lens is relevant in both developed and developing markets.

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Creativity & The Arts: an emerging impact investing theme

Read what Upstart Co-Lab, LISC NYC, Meow Wolf, E-Line Media, Artspace, the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, Continuum Partners LLC, the UK’s Investing for Good, actor Mary Stuart Masterson, and others have to say about the opportunities art, design, culture, heritage and creativity offer impact investors today in this new report published by Cornerstone Capital LLC.

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Creative Places and Businesses: Catalyzing Growth in Communities

A new report looks at investable opportunities in the Creative Economy with the potential to stabilize threatened communities and benefit regions looking to attract and develop quality jobs. This report suggests that impact investment can be used to shape a Creative Economy that is inclusive, equitable and sustainable.

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Great Minds Don’t Think Alike: Artists as Innovators in Business, Government and Society

A new report defines Artist Innovators and makes the case to leaders in business, government and the social sector for how these Olympic athletes of creativity can help drive effectiveness and innovation, delivering financial and social value.

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