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    First Tranche

    Shares will be sold at a 25 % discount

    $17,398 share value remaining

    $1,705.5 Price/Share

  • 2nd.

    Second Tranche

    Shares will be sold at a 15 % discount

    $58,761 share value remaining

    $1,932.9 Price/Share

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    Third Tranche

    Shares will be sold at a 10 % discount

    $58,761 share value remaining

    $2,046.6 Price/Share

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    Fourth Tranche

    Shares will be sold at a 5 % discount

    $58,762 share value remaining

    $2,160.3 Price/Share

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Why Peerwith?

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It has been our mission to fundamentally improve author services by empowering the experts and taking out unnecessary middlemen. To-date our focus has been on setting up successful partnerships with global publishers (e.g. Brill, Emerald, Hindawi), and piloting partnerships with univer ... see more.

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  • The manuscript-editing marketplace
    http://www.nature.com/news/the-manuscript-editing-marketplace-1.19457
  • Cutting the middle man in language editing
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    The Team

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    Meet the Team

    Global platform for expert-led researcher services in the scientific publishing industry. Uber for academics.

    Why Peerwith?

    It has been our mission to fundamentally improve author services by empowering the experts and taking out unnecessary middlemen. To-date our focus has been on setting up successful partnerships with global publishers (e.g. Brill, Emerald, Hindawi), and piloting partnerships with universities and research institutions (e.g. Erasmus University Rotterdam) which greatly enhance our reach. Crowdfunding is the next logical step for our expert-led, researcher-services platform. And with this new phase we will be shifting our focus to accelerating the growth of institutional solutions as well as fine-tuning our services offered to the global academic community.

    Unique to Peerwith is that our experts work directly with researchers, with no third-party middleman sitting in-between. Key to the quality, tailored services we offer is this unique relationship. Who can be better at focussing on researcher needs than the very experts who receive an average rating of 4.85 out of 5 from our researcher customers. The Peerwith platform itself has been given an NPS score of more than 75.

    More than 1,500 experts offer their services at Peerwith. They earn more and receive better recognition for their work compared to the traditional middle-men scenario.

    We have good traction in both our Publisher and Institutional Solutions offerings and plenty of opportunity for growth. Several concrete deals are in the pipeline.

    Existing turnover is over $30,000 per month. In Q1, 2018 we saw a growth of 288%, most of which was organic growth. We had actual growth of 400% in the referenced period of May – November 2017. We believe it is possible to continue or even outperform this growth trend once crowdfunding is complete.

    We have a strong team of people who have worked together for many years and have successful track records, including earlier exits and knowledge of the industry we are in. Our supervisory board includes industry leaders.

    The Business

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    Peerwith is the Uber for academics, a marketplace for academic services.

    The current market for researcher & author services is dominated by agencies with all work carried out primarily by self-employed professionals. This is a classic middle-men scenario which we have already seen disrupted in several other markets.

    Peerwith is a smart platform for expert-led researcher services. A researcher posts a request, negotiates with experts, and then selects the expert they think can best carry out their request. We call such selection a “connection”, it includes a financial transaction. Peerwith facilitates the transaction, taking a fair service fee of between 12 and 20%. Researchers select experts (fellow researchers) with the right scientific background and experience to carry out the service they require. Experts quote fair fees for the high-quality, tailored services they offer.

    What is unique to our business model is that there are no agencies or middlemen in between, as is traditionally the case. In the traditional model, there is generally no direct contact between the researchers requesting the service and the experts doing the work. Peerwith acts as a disruptor towards this traditional model. In our innovative peer-to-peer model we help researchers expand their networks as they create connections with fellow researchers in their field. We also encourage collaboration, as a service isn’t complete until the researcher signs it off.

    Freelancers in the traditional model are underpaid and invisible. It is not fair and it is not sustainable. The internet was already coming up with a solution for this type of business scenario as marketplaces were formed. It seemed timely to us to set up a marketplace where researchers can connect directly with experts in a transparent way. And, that is how Peerwith came about. Our vision was, and still is, that every researcher should have an opportunity to select, connect and collaborate with experts who can help them improve the quality of their academic work.

    It has been our mission to fundamentally improve researcher services by empowering the experts and taking out unnecessary middlemen. To-date our focus has been on setting up successful partnerships with global publishers (e.g. Brill, Emerald, Hindawi), and piloting partnerships with universities and research institutions (e.g. Erasmus University Rotterdam) which greatly enhance our reach.

    Crowdfunding is the next logical step for our expert-led, researcher-services platform. In this new phase, we will be shifting our focus to accelerating the growth of Institutional Solutions, as well as fine-tuning our services offered to the global academic community.

    Services on offer include; copy-, language- and scientific-editing, translation services, publication support, format and design, statistical support, manuscript writing support and others.

    The market

  • 1.8 million articles were published in 2015 - at a growth of 4% per year this should rise to more than 2 million in 2018. (scopus.com)

  • Roughly 48% of articles come from Asia – growth market, specifically China. Around 26% of articles undergo language editing with the average transaction amount being $239. The size of the market for language editing alone is roughly $125 million.

  • Language editing accounts for 60% of author/researcher service demands. The total market is worth more than $200 million and is growing in several directions.

  • According to UNESCO reports there are >8m researchers worldwide.


  • Adjacent markets
  • According to an IbisWorld report, translation services are expected to continue growing and will be worth $37 billion in 2018.

  • The market size for outsourced R&D, especially pharma, was more than $20 billion in 2017.

  • Technavio’s market research analyst predicts the global publishing market will surpass $357 billion in worth in 2020.

  • Upwork.com is expected to grow their revenue from $1 billion (2015) to $10 billion (2021).
  • We aim to raise 200,000 EUR (minimum) plus 350,000 EUR (optimal) in equity crowdfunding. That represents a 17,17% stake in Peerwith BV at a 2.8 million EUR pre-money valuation.

    The funds will be used to finance the Business plan Peerwith 2018 – 2020, the road ahead. The plan and financials are made available in the campaign to (potential) investors.

    The purpose of this investment is described in more detail in the business plan. To summarize:

  • Organisation: scale the core team with the input of new marketing and operational resources, allowing Ivo (Director) to focus on partnerships and sales. Keep the existing, flexible team but increase expert involvement in the core team.

  • Allocate funds for paid acquisitions and other sales related costs.

  • Target 30k euros as initial burn rate with a profitable second half in 2019. Main assumption: bring back growth trend from referenced period.

  • Marketing strategy: partnerships and institutional. And a sales strategy that is fully aligned with the marketing strategy.


  • Product roadmap

  • The Partner Cockpit will be a key feature in our partner approach and a major attraction in the Institutional Solutions on offer.

  • Added value services, workflow tools and unified messaging.

  • Building on the foundations of the successful launch of Peerwith – the marketplace, we will also launch a new smart coin – PeerScienceCoin.


  • Our mission: to be the global leading platform for researchers to connect with experts to improve the quality of their academic work.

    Short term return on investment for active users of the platform, additional deal terms:

  • Investors over 500 euros: waiver of 12% service fee, period 1 year, for all projects worked on.

  • Investors over 1000 euros: free use of the Peerwith platform for 2 years.


  • The business case envisions a profitable business by the second half of 2019, and market dominance by 2020 or further on. Both the platform and business models are fully-scalable, so the mid-term return on investment will be dividend payments. The Shareholder Agreement determines that 75% of profit is paid-out as dividend to shareholders, unless decided otherwise.

    A Share Buyback will be offered to all shareholders investing in this round five years following the issuance of shares. The price per share at which the Buyback will be offered shall be determined based on the market value of the Company at that point.

    Long-term return on investment is an exit. The platform aims for market dominance, like any marketplace would do. Peerwith is active in the scientific publishing industry where the RELX group alone (parent of Elsevier, the largest scientific publisher) spends up to 500 million per year on acquisitions. Other major players, like Taylor & Francis, Springer Nature and Wiley have also spent significant money over the last few years on acquisitions, like workflow tools, publishing platforms and other online solutions, to support their primary business - publishing.

    Another potential group are service providers to the industry, like Clarivate Analytics which has taken a very aggressive growth approach to acquisitions since being taken over by private equity. There are links between Peerwith and such companies, for example the existing partnership agreement we have with Clarivate Analytics for ScholarOne integration.

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    Early Adoption Discount

    • 1st.

      First Tranche

      Shares will be sold at a 25 % discount

      $17,398 share value remaining

    • 2nd.

      Second Tranche

      Shares will be sold at a 15 % discount

      $58,761 share value remaining

    • 3rd.

      Third Tranche

      Shares will be sold at a 10 % discount

      $58,761 share value remaining

    • 4th.

      Fourth Tranche

      Shares will be sold at a 5 % discount

      $58,762 share value remaining

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