• Business Development
  • Technology Development & Commercialization
  • Project Management

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About Us

FirstAscent International is an international business, investment attraction, and technology and innovation consultancy firm. Our experts and partners provide consulting services to companies, governments, economic development agencies and industry associations, identifying and developing international business development, foreign investment attraction, and technology development & commercialization opportunities in Canada, Portugal, Spain and South America.

Our Services

  • International Business Development
  • Market Prospection
  • Lead Generation and Qualification for Investment Attraction
  • Organization of Trade and Investment Missions
  • Foreign Investment Attraction
  • Search of Financing Sources
  • Project Management
  • Strategy Development for Technology Commercialization
  • Search and Facilitation of Technology Partnerships
  • Strategic Counseling for Development and Commercialization of Technology Products and Services
  • Strategy Development for Value Creation, Capture and Delivery
  • Professional Training, Coaching and Mentoring

Why Us

  • Over twenty years of experience in industrial, policy and market research.
  • Over twelve years of experience in international business development, foreign investment attraction and export development.
  • Extensive experience in the organization of multi-stakeholder events, trade shows and trade & investment missions.
  • Over ten years of experience in the development and implementation of strategies, action plans and government programs to support industrial development and the international competitiveness of companies.
  • Vast experience in the coordination of complex projects involving industry, government and the academic sector.
  • Led the design and implementation of strategies, programs and action plans for economic development and innovation in two Canadian provinces.
  • Vast industry network and broad knowledge of issues impacting various industry sectors.
  • Extensive experience in the development of information products for business and economic development.
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Our Clients and Partners


  • Evaluation of target markets and provision of strategic business advice for international market entry and expansion.
  • Organization and execution of market prospection and development missions.
  • Market positioning through the customization of marketing tools and collaterals, design of pricing strategies, and adaptation of credit policies to the target markets.
  • Business counseling for development and commercialization of technology products and services
  • Search of financing sources.

Industry Associations

  • Evaluation of target export markets and provision of recommendations on how they should be approached.
  • Organization and execution of market prospection and development missions.
  • Professional training, coaching and mentoring on international business and technology & innovation management for members.

Government Agencies

  • Research and analysis of the local and global competitive environment to identify barriers and opportunities for investment attraction and trade development.
  • Preparation and execution of international missions for investment attraction.
  • Preparation and execution of international trade missions.
  • Evaluation of target markets and provision of recommendations on how they should be approached.
  • Preparation of international marketing strategies and action plans, development of marketing collaterals, and organization of industry-related events.


  • Research and analysis of target industries and markets to assist in investment decisions.
  • Market data, analysis and insight to help clients evaluate investment opportunities.

Consulting Firms

  • Joint sales and delivery of consulting engagements, especially where in-depth analysis of the markets and/or specialized services are required.

Our Global Network

  • Austria
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • China
  • Colombia
  • France
  • Mexico
  • Peru
  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
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Contacts Us

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