I was working in a start up until July, and I resigned to move to another continent. This start up is selling a specific product available in a SaaS Platform for retailers, no other company is doing the same thing right now as far as I know.
I found a new job in my new country since September for a consulting firm. When I first arrived my boss asked me to explain to him what I have done before so he can see which kind of clients could be interested in my profile.
Now he has told a prospect what I was doing previously, they want me to build the exact same product for them. I feel very uncomfortable, I don't want to copy my former company's ideas. I offered my boss (twice) to contact my former employer and build a partnership with them but my boss is clearly not interested.
I think this will be very costly to setup for just one client and not worth it anyway, and my boss asked me to send him costs/time for a proof of concept so I will send him big numbers in order to discourage them for starting the project.
What can I do if they still want to do the project anyway? Is it even legal?
Edit: To clarify the subject, I was the lead data scientist and know everything about the machine learning models that are used there. The product is completely based on these models, I am sure that these models are what my former company would like to protect the most. It is a very specific product that no other company sells.
Also my former contract says that every work I have done there belongs to the company in the country I used to live in AND abroad.