Flow Ventures invests in art online

Flow Ventures announced today that they have invested in Montreal-based online art rentail business ArtAnywhere. This is Flow Ventures’ second investment of 2009.

This online art rental business combines a social purpose with a solid business case. The idea is simple. There are artists in cities around the world creating artwork which is rarely seen. There are empty walls in businesses and homes in need of inspiration. ArtAnywhere brings the two together to create new galleries in non-traditional spaces, perhaps the one you’re sitting in right now. The option to rent makes art affordable and accessible for everyone.

ArtAnywhere is the first startup created and spun-out of Flow Ventures itself. Leading ArtAnywhere is CEO and co-founder Christine Renaud – an experienced educator and social entrepreneur who is well-known in the local Montreal startup community. ArtAnywhere is currently in private beta and is working with artists in Montreal, Toronto and New York with plans to launch in the Fall 2009.

Montreal’s Flow Ventures is a tech startup accelerator that provides seed capital and hands-on operational support to early-stage ventures.