Investment Consulting Associates (ICA) is a global management advisory firm based in Amsterdam and Boston specializing in corporate location advisory, supply chain management, market entry, incentives advisory, free zone development, economic development strategies, investment promotion strategies, FDI advisory and training & seminars. ICA offers customized, effective solutions matching its clients’ needs through a combination of analytical industry expertise and stakeholder management. ICA’s global team of multi- disciplinary professionals has worked on numerous projects across all continents, either on behalf of its growing portfolio of corporate clients or as strategic advisor to governmental organizations. ICA is also the founder of two successful software products: LocationSelector.com and ICAincentives.com (now known as IncentivesMonitor.com). It is ICA’s mission to provide customized, effective solutions to its clients’ needs through a combination of consulting and state of the art software tools and databases. ICA works towards practical, actionable plans that provide real and sustainable results.
ICA’s team has a strong code of conduct to which they comply internally and externally. Team work, integrity, confidentiality, objectivity and professionalism are key values within ICA’s team and its engagements.
ICA’s client profile ranges from public organizations like Investment Promotion Agencies (IPAs), free zones and governmental departments to multinational corporations (including Global Fortune 500) in multiple industries. ICA has also advised and worked with many international organizations including UNCTAD, UNDP, UNESCAP, OECD, World Bank Group, US State Department, WAIPA, CAIPA, AIM and World Free Zones Organization (World FZO). In addition, many of ICA’s experts and staff have presented and lectured at leading universities such as Harvard Business School, Columbia University, Texas A&M, Erasmus University Rotterdam, St. Gallen University and Nijenrode University. The team has published in leading industry magazines and journals.
Investment Consulting Associates is committed to excellence in providing services to its clients. Whether in site selection, business attraction, free zone advisory or economic development policy, we bring a client-focused approach to building strategies to create long-term, mutually beneficial partnerships between businesses, communities and countries.
We do this both through our own team, with affiliated professionals, and through partnerships with other like-minded organizations. In this way, we are able to meet the needs of clients with a variety of industry, functional, and geographic needs. We also provide our clients with the tools to apply the plans we develop together.
Our approach begins with listening to the client and understanding their situation, their needs, and their goals. We continually seek to find new and better ways of helping our clients build location solutions that anticipate and plan for their near- and long-term needs. We do so in a diligent and pragmatic manner.
2007 – ICA opened its doors in Amsterdam
2008 – CWS starts operations in Boston. Start of Software Development of LocationSelector.com
2009 – Launch of LocationSelector 1.0 at Nijenrode University, The Netherlands
2010 – ICA delivers 10 month training and advisory project in Iraq for US State Department
2011 – Start of first global incentives deal database: ICAincentives.com
2012 – ICA partners with Economist Intelligence Unit for LocationSelector. NYT features ICAincentives database in three front page articles on corporate incentives
2013 – ICA merges with CWS to form Trans-Atlantic Location Strategy & Site Selection Advisory firm
2014 – ICA spins off its software products and sells the intellectual property of LocationSelector and ICAincentives (now named IncentivesMonitorcom)
2015 – Launch of ICA’s global Free Zone Advisory practice