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The Bolesian story

The time is now to forward sustainable development. Let’s optimally deploy our available resources and people to solve major current issues: energy transition, education, safety, health and care. AI is an essential enabler. Bolesian – founded in 1985 – is the first and most experienced company in the field of artificial intelligence in the Netherlands. It is our mission to let the leaders of our time experience how they can achieve their goals better, faster and more efficiently with the use of AI. With AI we get things done!

Bolesian is an organization of specialists in artificial intelligence (AI). Founded by Bote Schijff and Leen Zevenbergen in 1985, Bolesian is the first and most experienced AI-company in the Netherlands. Even in the early days, the Bolesians are pragmatic visionary innovators who shake up the IT world with intelligent systems that are way ahead of their time. Subsidy assessment for governments, configuration of complex industrial products, fraud detection for insurance companies, planning and scheduling systems for industry and transport, intelligent monitoring of gas fields; these are just a few examples of the impressive applications that – several decades ago! – Bolesian developed in the Dutch epicenter of AI.

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Steenovenweg, Helmond

We can hear you think: “Wow, that’s a fantastic story! So what happened next?” Eh… to make a long story short: Bolesian was bought by a large IT company and that did not work out well unfortunately. Entrepreneurship made way for management. Groundbreaking innovation was overruled by shareholder interests. In the years that followed many people left the company and eventually the curtain seemed to fall for the innovative tribe from Helmond. Or not …?

No, definitely not! Because three Bolesians took up the gauntlet. Chris van Aart, Bas Zuidwijk and – Bolesian’s founder – Leen Zevenbergen joined forces and added a new glorious episode to Bolesian’s history. And so the saga continues. Bolesian has meanwhile moved from Helmond to Utrecht and the epicenter of artificial intelligence in the Netherlands is now flourishing like never before.

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Hooghiemstraplein, Utrecht