Elinor Olisa is Co- Founder of DegreeArt.com, a pioneering, online art gallery providing access to affordable, original art created by emerging artists. One of the UK’s debut online galleries, DegreeArt.com bridges the gap between young artists and the public allowing the first time buyer, as well as the established collector to own and invest in original art. Since its inception, DegreeArt.com has established itself as the market leader in UK student and graduate art sales.
In 2005 Elinor appeared on BBC’s Dragons’ Den alongside business partner Isobel Beauchamp. Rejecting the two offers they received the duo went on to grow the business and following several years of fast growth, the company, which was founded in 2003 when E- Commerce was a relatively new concept, recently closed its first fundraising round led by Angel investors. The investment allowed the company to increases its online presence and marketing while expanding internationally.
In the period that has followed, Elinor and Isobel have embarked on an ambitious project, funded through a grant awarded by the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts, to future proof the existence of the Arts Industry online.
Elinor holds a BA Hons in Art History for Goldsmith’s College, University of London and a Masters with Distinction in the same subject from SOAS, University of London.
In 2010 the essay Elinor co-authored on post-graduation promotion for artists was published in Thames and Hudson’s ‘The Artists' Yearbook 2010/11’. She is a founding member of the Association of Women Art Dealers.
Elinor lives in London with her husband and two sons.