Foteini Valeonti, founder of USEUM, had the honour to be interviewed by WEgate, a network promoting women's entrepreneurship in Europe. The interview, which can be found below, was also promoted by the Enterprise Europe Network!
With a background in computer science and interactive digital media, Foteini Valeonti started USEUM during her PhD studies at University College London under the title ‘Making Art more Accessible with Crowdsourcing’. The project benefitted from seed-funding and it is the first-ever crowdsourced art museum. Today, it employs 14 people and WEgate wanted to know how it all started.
USEUM’s Founder and Managing Director Foteini Valeonti presented the company and its mission of making art easily accessible, by utilising crowdsourcing and gamification. The presentation was very well received with people tweeting about it!
Access to images of paintings has always been a complex matter, however with constantly more museums releasing their collections to the Public Domain, we were able to simplify access to all these works of art. For the first time, USEUM makes it easy to search, browse and obtain Public Domain paintings, all in one platform.
We are proud to announce that we recently partnered with “World Child Cancer: No child should suffer”, which is sponsored by Deutsche Bank (that is notably active in the Art World) to organise an exhibition on-line, where for the first time visitors will be able to buy original artworks directly from USEUM.
Few days ago, on the 6th of October 2015, we celebrated the opening of USEUM’s first ever exhibition in collaboration with Le Dame Art Gallery at Melia White House in London. The evening was a great success, full of art in the form of 23 beautiful paintings from 16 countries from 4 continents around the world. Music by professional pianist Fabio Tedde and award-winning wine by Domain Spiropoulos made the evening even more special.