On August 29th of 2017, we participated in the SEBRAE-MG internal training journey about how to develop the territorial vocations and their relations with the smart specialization policies. Carlos Tarrasón, the director of Cluster Consulting, presented examples of how to address the development politicies.

On April 5, 2017, Carlos Tarrasón led the workshop 1 "Increasing the impact and sustainability of cluster organizations" at a one-day workshop "How to manage a cluster initiative: from plans to actions", led by the Chamber of Commerce from Medellín to Antioquia, TCI Network Latin America Chapter and the Cluster community of Medellín. Participants included directors and group leaders from around 15 cities in Colombia and representatives from Ecuador. It was another step in strengthening the sustainability of clusters and their impact on regional competitiveness in Latin America.

During the 24th  November of 2016 took place in the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) a strategy and competitiveness course through the partnership with UFMG Consultoria Jr. (UCJ). Working on a real cluster initiative case with 22 students from the Economics an Business School (FACE-UFMG).

During the 8th and 10th November 2016 Carlos Tarrasón participated in the 19th TCI Global Conference on Clusters, organized by TCI in Eindhoven, Holland. Carlos presented the experience of the company on the topic: "Inovation in Food Clusters in Minas Gerais". More information about the event at the link: http://www.tci2016.org/ 

Boyang Xue and Carlos Tarrasón publish this article to present food trade opportunities for Minas Gerais and Brazil in China. Our aim is to enhance the dialogue about how to create value in Brazil and insert our companies in global value chains targeting the Chinese market. This is a new opportunity for the Brazilian economic development that we have to take advantage of. See article.

On the 22nd of June 2016 the Strategic Plan and Service Model of the Canastra cheese producers Association (APROCAN) was presented in São Roque de Minas aiming to reinforce the region's Protected Geographical Indication and Collective Brand. The work was developed in partnership with INAES and SEBRAE-MG and started on the 1st of August 2015.

During the 14th and 17th June 2016 we participated in the 9th Latin American Clusters Congress, organized by the TCI, in the city of Temuco in Chile. Carlos Tarrasón, Cluster Consulting director, presented one session with the company experience: "IT Serra Gaúcha cluster betting for Industry 4.0." See presentation here. Further information about the congress at: http://9clactci.com

During the 19th and 20th May 2016 we participated in the workshop to define the ideal evaluation model for clusters. It was organized by TCI and with the participation of representatives from Australia, Brazil, Colombia, Ireland, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden and the UK. More information about the workshop at: http://www.tci-network.org/evaluation_activities_ws2016

During the 11th to 15th April 2016 we were on a mission together with a delegation from the Minas Gerais Government, IADB, FIEMG and SEBRAE-MG to know about the experience of Uruguay and Argentina in the building and management of Innovation Systems and Centers and bring it to the development of the Minas Gerais System.

On the 6th of April 2016 Carlos Tarrasón presented the conclusions about the Ice Cream sector World Strategic Analysis. This analysis must guide the strategy of the associated companies to SindSorvete in Minas Gerais. The project included a national reference trip to São Paulo and an internacional one to the East Coast of the United States. Previously, on the 4th of December 2015 was presented an analysis about the industry and the major trends in the market.  

On March 1 and 2, 2016, Carlos Tarrasón held the closing training for AGDI - Gaucho Association of Development and Investment Promotion. After a year and a half of the project, the training allowed Clusters Managers and participants to maintain the development of Clusters after the completion of the consultancy for three Cluster Initiatives. For this, the training counted on practical cases, training in Cluster methodology, strategy and marketing.



On the 10th of December 2015 we validated the IT Central Region RS cluster marketing plan in line with the action plan and the vision for the future. The future vision is that the cluster becomes reference in edutech for Brazil including procedures and competences for the corporative and educative sectors.