Medellin, Colombia's Global Knowledge and Innovation Hub

5th Sep, 2017

Thanks to the Cluster Community, a regional development strategy led by the Medellin Chamber of Commerce, the city has fully developed a variety of competitive clusters, turning Medellin, the capital of the department of Antioquia, into a busy and attractive hub for major events and conferences over the past few years.

With extensive experience in hosting energy events, including the IV Ibero-American Renewable Energy Seminar (SIBER) that will be held in 2018, Antioquia generates about 30% of the country’s electricity and boasts a thriving ELECTRIC ENERGY CLUSTER, featuring innovative projects such as Sustainable Electric Mobility, which promotes the use of clean energies for public and private transportation.

The TEXTILE, DESIGN & FASHION CLUSTER features ongoing projects such as technical textiles, clothtech, and textiles cosmetics. The cluster has also worked closely with the energy cluster to develop eco- friendly production processes.

Medellin is a host city for Colombiamoda and Colombiatex, two of the most recognized textile and fashion events in Latin America; as well as Medellin Design Fair, Colombia’s biggest of its kind.

The CONSTRUCTION CLUSTER has also attracted many events such as International Congress of Steel Construction in 2015. It boasts interesting projects such as Smart and Sustainable Territories, which aims to turn di erent construction challenges into new entrepreneurial opportunities for local companies; BIM (Building Information Modelling) for technologies in 3D designs; and Retrofit, which reconstructs obsolete buildings into energy-e icient structures at low operational costs.

Last year, more than 11,000 international patients visited the Medellin Health City for the value-for- money services (20-50% cheaper than in the USA). The MEDICAL AND DENTAL SERVICES CLUSTER has attracted medical events such as Cervical Cancer International Congress in 2017 and International Ergonomics Association Council Meeting in 2016.

As a city of knowledge, Medellin is known for its Innovation District, Corporación Ruta N, created in 2009 to promote innovative and technology-based businesses. THE TECHNOLOGY, INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION CLUSTER (TIC) has since attracted companies related to science, technology, and innovation, especially in the areas of health, energy, and information technology, while playing host to ITC conferences such as LATINCOM 2016 and III International Congress of Scientific and Technological Parks and Innovation in June 2017. With a long list of awards honoring the city’s excellence in sustainability, resilience and innovation (just to name a few), Medellin is certain to impress your delegates as a MICE destination.

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