Joao Heitor D.
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Consultant - Innovation, Strategy, Market Research, AI and Technology.

Hello! My name is João, and I am a top rated plus freelancer. As a business strategist and consultant with a proven track record, I specialize in collaborating with business owners, startups and established companies that focus on innovative products and services, emerging technologies (such as Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Web3, DeFi, and NFTs), sustainability, and ICT. My expertise lies in optimizing strategy and business models, developing funding strategy and market research, and devising business reports and industry analysis. My credentials include a Ph.D. in Management Sciences, with focus on the Management of Innovation, Technology, and Sustainability and a PM2-Level 2 Certification in Project Management. What sets me apart: 🔹10+ years of experience within innovation ecosystems, successfully raising over $10M in funding from Angel/Pre-seed to Series A for multiple startups across North America, South America, Europe, and the Middle East since 2014. 🔸7+ years with top-tier European consulting firms, managing and implementing projects with a combined budget exceeding $10M. As a proficient grant writer, I have secured funding for 12 proposals through various funding frameworks and contracting authorities, including the European Commission (Horizon 2020, Horizon Europe, and Erasmus+), Inter-American Development Bank, and European Investment Bank. ■ 10+ years of experience as a Scholar/Researcher. I published several academic papers in high-rated journals and books in English, Portuguese and French. In addition, I worked as a reviewer and editor for journals in the field of the Management of Technology and Innovation. I have also worked as Lecturer and now as Professor in universities in France, the United Kingdom, and Brazil. I can assist you with: 🔹 Comprehensive market research, analysis, and bespoke strategy development. 🔹 Creating winning pitch decks (copywriting, design, strategy) for maximum impact. 🔹 Crafting white papers and business plans, as well as facilitating fundraising to accelerate growth. 🔹 Innovating business models by reframing problems and pain points. 🔹 Implementing AI technologies within your organization to drive competitive advantage. 🔹 Conducting research with customers, users, and stakeholders to inform decision-making. 🔸 Identifying lucrative funding opportunities. 🔸 Evaluating potential partners, assessments, and eligibility. 🔸 Crafting compelling proposals for various funding frameworks. 🔸 Providing project management support throughout the implementation phase. 🔸 Delivering specialized expertise in the agri-food sector, startups, and innovation. ■ Designing research scope and methodology to support your objectives. ■ Enhancing papers through strategic recommendations and implementation. ■ Guiding data analysis to extract actionable insights. ■ Meticulously proofreading and editing academic publications. ■ Preparing engaging articles and reports on highly technical topics. ■ Developing and delivering customized organizational and academic training/courses. Additional strengths: I am fluent in English and Portuguese, with working proficiency in Spanish and French. My experience living in five countries has equipped me to seamlessly navigate global environments and adapt to various time zones. In conclusion: As a dedicated professional, I am here to help you and your company achieve outstanding results and exceed expectations. Allow me to elevate your business to new heights with my extensive knowledge and experience.
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  • Market Analysis
  • Survey Design
  • White Paper Writing
  • Cryptocurrency
  • Startup Consulting
  • Academic Research
  • Management Consulting
  • Business Strategy
  • Proposal Writing