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City Summary of Florianópolis
city of Santa Catarina, Brazil.
IT Cluster Relevance
The IT clusters of Florianópolis consist of many business
segments, entities, and global influences.
The clusters are collocated and co-dependent which positively
affects productivity, creates access to supplies, and generates rapid
is an IT cluster?
cluster (Florianopolis) consists of:
Brazilian government entities
Universities (i.e.; The Federal University of Santa
IT service companies
IT organizational entities
Neighboring cities such as Curitiba, Rio de Janeiro, and São
and similar educational institutions are the main reason why there is a
developing IT cluster in Florianópolis along with the proper
are often a driving factor to cluster formation. They provide:
Education in the knowledge and skills to become qualified
to work at technology companies or establish new IT companies
development among students and professors
foster entrepreneurship and new IT competitors
Harvard University, business professor
Michael Porter’s example of the Australian wine cluster, the first
player on the timeline was an educational institution. UFSC
started as the as the Polytechnic Institute of Florianópolis in 1917
and became the Federal University of Santa Catarina in the early 1960s. Today,
UFSC is the third largest university in Brazil and is ranked fourth
overall in Latin America. It
has strong programs in IT related subjects and emphasizes preparation
through real world experience in the form of required internships.
to the city’s identity by improving the quality of life.
Federal University of Santa Catarina UFSC
UFSC’s areas of study include but are not limited to
engineering, computer science, telemedicine, automation systems,
math/statistics, and information systems.
UFSC provides the highly trained talent pool of individuals that
companies need to be productive and innovative.
collaboration with private and public companies for a fee.
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