Dinand Wiltvank of Nieuwenhuis Bouwbedrijf had his doubts about 12Build. When 12Build first started, it was still called Aanenuitbesteden.nl. “I was extremely sceptical,” explains Dinand. “I thought, another young upstart with a great idea. How is that going to add something to the system we already have?” But a few years later, that young upstart, Erik Nieuwenhuis, lived up to expectations.
In 2007, graduate student Erik called on calculator Dinand with an idea: a digital system for processing tenders. “We went live in June 2007,” recalls Erik with a nostalgic look in his eyes. “But it was not as straightforward as it sounds,” adds Dinand. “We started with a small database from Nieuwenhuis Bouwbedrijf, which included about 750 construction specialists.” All the information was merged into Aanenuitbesteden.nl and they could begin. The first invitations to tender were submitted, model letters were drawn up and the telephone just rang off the hook.
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