Our History - ABGi

Our History

Over 30 years of expertise 


We provide advices in your development and innovation (RD&I activities), adding value to your innovation’s funding processes.


Our team is composed of talented women and men (scientists, tax specialists, strategy experts…).

As a subsidiary of the ABGi group, we are proud to be present in the United States, Brazil, France, Canada, Germany, The United Kingdom, Ireland and Poland in order to support companies of all sizes, regardless of their sector of activity.

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Our expertise and our international presence are a proof of value for the entire ABGi ecosystem.


Years experience







Our history


Founded in 1990 by an entrepreneur from Lyon and developed by his collaborators for more than 30 years, our firm, a precursor in the innovation financing market, has been accelerating strongly since 2015 and has established itself as unique player in this international market.


Founded in 1990, Acies Consulting Group, a forerunner in the innovation financing market, quickly established itself as the leading player in this market.

2015 to 2017
“New Deal”

After several years of market reconfiguration, Acies Consulting Group, with the impact of a new management team, has drawn up an ambitious new strategic plan, a real New Deal based on three major areas :

  • Adjustment of its production capacities to the market context ;
  • Repositioning on the market, in particular SME ;
  • Internationalization of our activities.

The firm implements its internationalization plan with the acquisition of BGI, an R&D financing consultancy based in the United States and Inventa, based in Brazil, and opens an office in Canada. Acies Consulting Group then becomes ABGi Group and positions itself as a pure player in research and innovation financing in France and internationally.

  • ABGi Group, with the support and investment of its entire management committee, is acquired by Visiativ. A strategic merger, serving a singular ambition in our market :
  • To address all market segments ;
  • Exploit the potential of new technologies by leveraging technological expertise ;
  • Benefit from the solidity and execution strength of the group to serve our growth options.
2019 to 2021

In 2019, ABGi continues its international momentum with the acquisition of Jumpstart and MSC Associate in the United Kingdom, followed by IFTC in Northern Ireland in early 2021.

In 2021, strengthens its position overseas, with the acquisition of IFTC in Northern Ireland, and establishes itself in Germany, through a J.V with the pioneer and reference player in innovation financing in Germany, Partner für Innovation & Förderung (PFIF).

Diversification et Digitalization 

ABGi continues its acceleration and accompanies the CATALYST plan. A movement orchestrated around 3 axes :

  • Enrichment of the offers on financing and taxation of innovation (Grants and Patent Box) ;
  • Development of the Resources and Services ;
  • Digitalization of operational processes ;
  • This period will also be an opportunity to deploy the ABGI consulting platform, the collaborative interface for innovation missions.



2022 to 2023
Merger and Acquition 

Visiativ Group, operating under the ABGi brand acquired Braithwaite Technology Consultants Inc, a leading player in the Canadian innovation financing industry to strengthen ABGi Canada’s coverage across Canada. Braithwaite Technology Consultants Inc. and ABGi Conseil Inc. changed their names to 𝗔𝗕𝗚i 𝗖𝗮𝗻𝗮𝗱𝗮 𝗜𝗻𝗰.