Publican is a software-as-a-service ("SaaS") company. Our team of legal experts, data scientist and AI engineers is on a mission to transform the future of doing business with the government.
In 2021 Publican is founded by Jan De Leyn, a lawyer with a very strong expertise in public law (especially public procurement law). He was soon joined by co-founder Dirk De Hertog, a Machine Learning (ML) and Natural Language Processing (NLP) expert with over a decade of experience in AI. With the creation of Publican they primarily set out to use (legal) predictive analytics to solve issues in respect to public tenders, but its the intention of Publican to venture into other domains as well, like i.a. environmental law and tax law.
Meet our Team
Jan De Leyn
Dirk De Hertog
Our name "Publican" is derived form the Latin word "publicanus".
In antiquity publicans were public contractors, who often supplied the Roman legions and military, managed the collection of port duties, and oversaw public building projects. In addition, they served as tax collectors for the Roman Republic (and later the Roman Empire), farming the taxes of the Roman provinces, and bidding on contracts.
In other words, a publican participated in public tenders "avant la lettre".
This refers to our first solution of providing artificial intelligence in relation to public tender issues and thus, using technology to bridge the gap between the old and the new. Our logo, a modern interpretation of a laurel leaf (in ancient Rome a symbol for victory), is also a reference to this connection of ancient (the law) and future (artificial intelligence).
Moreover, Publican is a reference to "public law" with which we have a special affinity and for which our long term goal is to develop more solutions than only for public tenders.