This blog post is written by Mark Voermans, Audience Marketing Manager for Microsoft in The Netherlands.

 

One of the best things about my role here at Microsoft is mentoring some of the best start-ups in Europe.  I get to see them at all parts of their journey, from the very early days when they’ve had a great idea but are still trying to work out what to do with it, through to their ‘wow’ moments.  So, this week, I’m delighted to report that 7Write has just closed a seed financing round of $250,000, with a group of investors including Peter Davison (if the name’s familiar, he was a seed investor in PayPal).  This Dutch company is also one of the start-ups taking part in the latest Startupbootcamp programme (the acceleration programme for startups (of which I’m a mentor).

So what’s so attractive about 7write?  Well, like all the best start-ups, it appeals to something we all love and is a brilliantly simple but clever idea. 

The  7write  ‘writers  studio’  allows  users  to  easily  write  their  book  anywhere,  anytime, online  or  offline  on  any  device.  Using  the  7write  ‘Authors  Centre’  writers  can  self-­publish their  work  with  a  single  click.  Let’s put some perspective on that:  this is a market with an estimated 416 billion value by 2016 (source: PWC Media & Entertainment Outlook 2013-2017)

First in its Startupbootcamp class to raise capital, Dutch start-up 7write launched its closed beta just recently and has already started publishing books.  One of its early adopters has already been featured in the Amazon top 30 best-selling short stories authors barely a week after publication.  (And I can’t resist mentioning the fact that 7write have built their tool entirely on the Microsoft stack, including Windows 8, Windows Phone and Windows Azure).  

If you’re in the Amsterdam area on Friday 28th June, see if you can get an invite to Startupbootcamp’s Demo Day: not only will 7write be releasing the latest version of its book platform, it will be a chance to meet some of the other startups taking part in the programme, plus we’ll have a couple of VIPs visiting us:  Vice  President  of  the  European  Commission  Neelie Kroes  and  Queen  Máxima  of  The  Netherlands  will  be  guests  of  honour  at  the  event.

And, if you’re a start-up who wants to follow in 7write’s impressive footsteps, don’t forget that the deadline for the next Startupbootcamp (Copenhagen, focusing on mobile) is on June 30th!

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