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Upstart Collab for artists, investors and innovators

Upstart Co-lab is a new collaboration platform based in New York with national scope for the USA.  It will build a bridge to connect artists with the opportunities of impact investing and social entrepreneurship, and will connect social innovators with the storytelling, improvisation and creative intelligence of artists.

Upstart Co-Lab will 1) Increase opportunities for artists as innovators — starting with greater recognition of artists’ accomplishments in the private, social and public sectors; 2) Catalyze more capital for creativity — by making creativity investable through public equity, debt and venture capital investment products; 3) Enable sustainable creative lives — equipping artists with crucial skills for executing their ideas, and linking eligible artists to existing social services and subsidies.

Upstart is funded by Ford Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Surdna Foundation with in-kind support from the F.B. Heron Foundation. Upstart is a sponsored project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.

A portfolio of five projects is under development and will be implemented by the end of 2016. More information about the organization can be found at



Full-Time Instructor or Assistant Professor of Cultural Entrepreneurship

This week, I’m sharing a job opening for a teaching position in the University of Duluth, USA:

“The Cultural Entrepreneurship Program at the University of Minnesota Duluth is growing and hiring faculty to start in August 2016.

You may know that our program is one of the first undergraduate degree program in the United States and our faculty is deeply engaged in the scholarship of this emerging field of study. It is an interdisciplinary program combining entrepreneurial ideas with the intellectual rigor and expertise of the Liberal Arts. We are dedicated to integrating liberal education, research, creative activity and public engagement preparing students to become life-long learners and globally engaged citizens. Since its launch in 2013, the program has made significant progress in developing an ecosystem integrating with local economic development initiatives. Our vision is to be the leading program of Cultural and Creative Entrepreneurship in North America in both educating Liberal Arts students to meet their goals, as well as at shaping the future of this field. We hope some of you will consider applying and help us spread the word.”


Full-Time Instructor or Assistant Professor of Cultural Entrepreneurship, University of Minnesota Duluth


Required qualifications:  a) MA, MS or MBA with at least two areas of emphasis from among management, arts and cultures, and nonprofit organizations from a regionally accredited institution or equivalent by December 31, 2015; b) evidence of strong teaching credentials; c) minimum of two years teaching experience at college level; d) strong written communication skills.

Preferred qualifications: a) Ph.D. in one of the areas listed above b) demonstrated ability to teach courses in nonprofit management, arts and cultures, cultural economics, creativity and design thinking at the college level that can contribute to the Cultural Entrepreneurship program; c) appreciation of world languages and cultures; d) knowledge of contemporary pedagogy; e) strong oral or interpersonal skills that support successful teaching; f) local, state or national level community networks; g) work experience in nonprofit organizations; and h) ability to support one or more of UMD’s campus goals ( University of Minnesota Duluth is committed to increasing the diversity of the college community and curriculum. Candidates who can contribute to UMD Goal 2 – equity, diversity, inclusion and social justice – are encouraged to apply and identify their strengths and experiences in this area. Please see:

About the Job

Full-time Term Instructor or Assistant Professor of Cultural Entrepreneurship, University of Minnesota Duluth, beginning August 22, 2016. The position currently entails teaching Culture and Creative Entrepreneurship courses, advising, and professional/university service. Current teaching load is 3/4 for a total of 21 credits.

More info on the job opening page here: with job opening 307577.

New Arts Incubator in Georgetown, USA

Last April, a historic property in Georgetown, DC, USA, the Fillmore School, has been sold to the S&R Foundation, which plans to turn it into an arts incubator, according to a news release from the foundation. The news release says “S&R Foundation, a nonprofit supporting talented individuals in the arts, sciences and social entrepreneurship, intends to use the building as an arts incubator, which will serve as a platform to grow talented artists in the fields of fine, visual and performing arts, maintaining the educational use of the building and its place as part of the vibrant arts landscape in the nation’s capital.”

There are more and more arts and cultural incubators sprouting all over the world in the past years, especially since more and more governments are recognizing the economic benefits of the arts professions. Yet, I am very skeptical on how those systems can or will be able to empower cultural entrepreneurs in their local communities. There are more of those news to be shared in upcoming posts. Stay tuned.

More info, click here.

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