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Elinor Olisa Barikor

Elinor Olisa Barikor

Years in industry: 10+

Isobel Beauchamp and Elinor Olisa Co-Founded in 2003, which is an innovative company selling, commissioning and renting artwork created by students and recent graduates emerging from the most prestigious art establishments.  Since its inception, has established itself as the market leader in the UK student and graduate art sales. Isobel and Elinor’s vision is to provide promising, emerging artists with a platform from which to launch their careers and to provide the art buying public access to these artists and their art through their website, showcases, events and exhibitions.

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 will allow the company to increases its online presence and marketing while expanding internationally.

Elinor holds a BA Hons in Art History from Goldsmith’s College, University of London and a Masters with Distinction in the same subject from SOAS, University of London.



Profession : Art Dealer / Gallerist

Business Name : DegreeArt

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Twitter: @ElinorDegreeArt