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The National Study of the IT & C Market was initiated by ARIES Transilvania and iTech Transilvania Cluster by ARIES T, with the support of Cluj-Napoca City Hall and Local Council and it contained an analysis at national level and also a comparative analysis on the companies from urban centers in Romania (Cluj-Napoca, Bucharest, Iasi, Timisoara, Brasov and other counties), on a period of 6 years (2011-2016). Within this study were defined through 9 NACE codes.

Based on the IT study, developed by iTech Transilvania Cluster by ARIES T, the number of IT companies increased between 2011-2016, from 9.823 to 14.339, forecasting that it will exceed 17.000 at the end of 2017. In the past 6 years, there were registered with almost 50% more companies with an informatics profile. At the same time, the amassed turnover of IT companies doubled in the last 6 years, in the context where the IT sector is gaining an upper hand in the national economy, exceeding, along with the communication technology sector, 6% of PIB.

The evolution of IT at a national level is a significant one: in 2016 we had 14.339 companies with over 100.000 employees, their number increasing with 75% in the past 6 years. The increase in start-ups indicates the apparition on the market of young entrepreneurs, the promotion of new ideas and a new attitude in business.

The ability of these start-ups to survive to such a high competition, is one of the stakes of the IT market, stake which attracts the interest of all specialists, being one of the goal to succeed in this field. The business ability developed by IT companies is obvious by the doubling of the total turnover in the past 6 years. A market with almost 5 billion Euros represents an important segment in any prevision. Evolving in the same rhythm as the other development centers of the IT sector (Iasi, Timisoara), Cluj-Napoca succeeded to rank itself higher in the last years, reaching an amplitude which allows it to consider itself the main IT business pol, after Bucharest.

The number of IT companies in Cluj-Napoca increased with over 75% in the last 6 years, more over the national mean, and if we take into account the newly established companies on governmental programs such as “Start-up Nation”, we can already talk about the doubling of this number. Another characteristic which individualize this IT center, we can mention the amount of software producing companies, which are more than the national average.

In the 1.235 IT companies from Cluj, work 14.036 employees, representing 8.7% from all employees in Cluj-Napoca, so, 1 out of 11 employees work in IT and if we take into consideration other forms of collaboration, the number of employees in IT exceeded 20.000 at the end of the year 2016.

“This study is a valuable tool for companies, for public administrations, for Universities, and, why not, even for citizens, being a professional and relevant study to be taken into consideration when you organize medium and long term strategies. The results from a community are visible only when all members shake hands and work together towards development. In Cluj, we accepted the proposal of the Consultative Council for Entrepreneurship and IT – developed to offer the city an updated strategy of Smart City, which, after implementation, we will be able to solve a lot of the city’s problems. The apps offered by the IT companies bring closer the administration to citizens but also international recognition in the impact sectors” – Emil Boc, Mayor of Cluj-Napoca

At a national level we can see a trend in the decreasing of the number of small companies with 1-4 employees and an increase in the number of companies with no employees at all. If in 2011, 27% of companies had no employee, in 2016 this percentage increased to 35,5% from the total number of IT companies. This is a worrying trend because the degree of hiring is dropping. Therefore, more and more IT companies find it hard to find new work force and more and more IT employees or experts go for establishing their own company, reflecting the increase of start-ups.

“We tried, as a professional IT cluster and association to change the work paradigm. We believe that is more important to stop waiting for solutions from the public authorities but to cross that extra mile ourselves, going towards authorities with openness and work force able to take under the challenges of the market, walking towards innovation instead of outsourcing” Voicu Oprean – President of ARIES Transilvania and CEO of AROBS Transilvania Software

”The partnerships initiated and encouraged by ARIES T in our community, transformed Cluj into a lab, by the participation of experts from companies to finding solutions to the city’s problems and by piloting and testing them in real live. We become a “living lab” – a concept of open innovation applied in some of the most innovative capitals” Bianca Muntean – Executive Director, ARIES Transilvania, iTech Transilvania Cluster.

Between 2011-2016, the number of start-ups almost doubled (from 1.806 in 2011 to 3.795 in 2016) and their percentage increased from 18.4% in 2011 to 26,5% in 2016.

The final report of the Study of the IT & C Sector in Cluj – National Comparative Analysis, 2017 is available at the following address: The study was developed by Encore Research under command of ARIES Transilvania, iTech Transilvania Cluster, with the support of Cluj-Napoca City Hall and Local Council.

For more information:

Bianca Muntean, Executive Director ARIES Transilvania, iTech Transilvania Cluster
Phone: 0742-225.405

Study of the IT & C Sector in Cluj – National Comparative Analysis


“Project developed with the support of Cluj-Napoca City Hall and Local Council”


ARIES Transilvania (Romanian Association for Electronic Industry and Software) and iTech Transilvania Cluster, located on no. 4 Nicolae Titulescu Boulevard, Cluj-Napoca, announces the implementation of the “Study of the IT & C Sector in Cluj – National Comparative Analysis” project.

The project was financed from local budget, based on 350/2005 law and on the Regulation regarding Irredeemable Funding from the Local Budget, allocated for non-profit activities of general interested, and it was implemented in Cluj-Napoca county.

Context: The positive dynamic of the IT & C sector, is ranking Cluj among the first places as a national growing pol in this field of activity. The relevance of the IT sector is in its implication and involvement in the other sectors, being called the support industry which is increasing efficiency in the delivering of services and products and also the industry which activates the other sectors. The data analysis shows the growth potential of the IT companies in Cluj, and the utility of technology presents the advantages for the citizens, facilitating the connection between citizens and governments / local authorities in all important fields: economic, administrative, medical, cultural, educational, etc.

The purpose of this project was to make an analysis on the IT market from Cluj county – the main industry. This study brought a significant contribution on the levels of visibility of Cluj, but also an increase of interest of different actors on the development of the IT sector, in developing future strategies and in analyzing the innovation potential among the IT companies.

Main activities:
  • research of the market;
  • consultancy of relevant actors;
  • elaboration of the study;
  • dissemination of the main results;
Results of the project:
  • writing the IT study;
  • printing 2.000 copies to promote it at local, national and international level;
The study will be available at the following address:

For more information:

Contact Person: Bianca Muntean
Position: Executive Director
Phone: 0264.430.520

Open Innovation 2.0, 2017 will take place for the first time in Eastern Europe, at Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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Ref : Open Innovation 2.0, 2017 will take place for the first time in Eastern Europe, at Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Cluj-Napoca will also host, for the first time, a series of interconnected events: Innovation Dialogue, Citizens Dialogue, “Luminary Award” Gala and Innovation Expo-a presentation of innovative products and projects.

The European’s Commision General-Directorate, DG Connect, The Open Innovation Strategy and Policy Group (OISPG), in partnership with the Committee of Regions, Cluj-Napoca City Hall, The Institute for Value in Innovation (IVI), ARIES Transilvania, iTech Transilvania Cluster, Transylvanian Clusters Consortium, Mastercard and Dublin City Hall, have open the on-line registration procedure to the Open Innovation 2.0 2017 Conference, which will take place in Cluj-Napoca between 13-14 June 2017. The event will take place at Grand Hotel Italia, Cluj-Napoca.

Founded 4 years ago, Open Innovation 2.0 Conference (OI2) is a high-level European event, which reunites experts in innovation, public policies creators, academic representatives, practitioners and people involved in different aspects of innovation and entrepreneurship.

OI2 Conference is creating a powerfull synergy between subjects such as Digital Innovation Hubs and SMEs activities in the field of innovation, of Start-ups from Eastern Europe, on which DG Connect focuses on. „This conference offers practical perspectives and creates a deck between theory and practice at all levels” declared Bror Salmelin – adviser for Innovative Systems at the European Commision, General Directorate for Communication, Networks, Content and Technologies (DG CONNECT).

„The fact that Cluj-Napoca county was chosen to host this conference in 2017 reflects the gratitute to local and regional efforts to create an open and functional innovation ecosystem”, declared Emil Boc – Mayor of Cluj-Napoca.

”The companies and start-ups from Cluj and from Transylvania have a great potential for innovation and the first results have started to appear, that’s why the conference is a very good opportunity to show what we did in this direction. Also, it is an extraordinary opportunity for local organizations and companies to learn and meet with those from Europe and to create new connections.”, declared Bianca Muntean, Executive Director of ARIES Transilvania, iTech Transilvania – the IT cluster, which, together with the Municipality, brought this conference to Cluj-Napoca.

Information regarding the agenda of the event

In the plennary session of the event will be discussed examples of national policies of development, such as Austria’s Policy of Open Innovation, examples for ecosystems creation, in the context of industrial transformation, dissemination of information regarding open innovation, by creating Digital Innovation Hubs and by the involvment of the citizens in pilot projects and high-level social experiments.

The event has a series of confirmed guests, such as prof. Piero Formica, which will talk about subjects in the same manner with the renaissance of innovation, the director Peter Droell from the European Commission, will approach the theme of industrial renewal, Michaela Magas, an entrepreneur who will present some ideas about „industry commons”. Prof. Noburu Konno, the representative of the Japanese Network for Innovation, toghether with Ralph Dum, representative of DG Connect regarding the innovative programme: STArts-„science, technology and arts”, will offer specialized contexts for the exchange of ideas and expertise.

The audience is formed from a balanced mix of the four interest groups which form the qvadruple convolution named „the Qvadruple Helix”-which includes industry, the academic field, the public sector and the civil society. The interactivity is ensured by the structure of the environment over the two days full of inspiration.

Between the subjects of impact, we find the VICA (evanescene, ambivalence, complexity and ambiguity), disscutions about the importance of the concept of Serendipity in innovation (the importance of „discovery by mistake”), of the innovative programme STArts (the combination of science, technology and arts in order to obtain the technological progress of innovation)-emphasising the interactions between this domains, the digital transformation of societies and industries, „the innovation radar” and good practices of Open Innovation 2.0 ecosystems.

The fifth edition of the prestige Innovation Luminary Awards Gala Dinner will take place at the end of the first day of conference. The access to the event will be by invitation only but it will be reflected at large in the media and social media ( and ).


The Open Innovation 2.0 Conference, Cluj-Napoca will be the main event from a series of activities: Innovation Dialogue (June 10-11 2.017) and Townhall Debate will be hosted by the president of the Committee of Regions, Markku Markkula and the Mayor of Cluj-Napoca, Emil Boc, on June 13. With the occasion of OI2.0 conference, there will be and exhibition on innovative themes, which will offer visibility to the activities and projects involved in open innovation, offering examples of good practices that can be used in Cluj-Napoca and anywhere else in the world.

The registration to the conference is free:
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Follow the news on OISPG’s Twitter using #OI2Conf17 and on Facebook @OISPG using #OI2Conf17, or the LinkedIn OISPG page.


The Open Innovation Stragety and Polici Group (OISPG) sustains the policies for Open Innovation whitin European Commission. OISPG works in collaboration with the European Commission (@DigitalAgendaEU). The philosophy of OISPG embraces the Open Innovation 2.0 paradigma: the development of open innovation in which the process of serendipity fully manifests itself. OISPG members believe that direct implication of citizens in the innovation process allows the rapid creation of prototypes in real life. The creation of prototypes is the fastest and most efficient method to promote an idea. The prototype will stimulate the entrepreneurship in Europe, will create new work places and will encourage a sustainable growth at economy and society levels. Cosequently, OISPG suggests various actions of open innovation and approaches for industry and other partners in innovation to stimulate and anchor competitivity.

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iTech Transilvania speaks out: Meet our clusters’ speakers and our matchmaking participants


iTech Transilvania will be well represented at the Open Innovation 2.0 event which is proudly hosted by our dear city of Cluj-Napoca. During the two days event, you can meet some of our members at different panels and, of course, at the matchmaking sessions. 10 member companies of iTech Transilvania will be represented at this year’s conference, with AROBS Transilvania, Evozone Systems, Indeco Soft, Streamaxia, Pitech+ among them.

Voicu Oprean (president of ARIES T and CEO of AROBS Transilvania Software), Bianca Muntean (executive director of ARIES T and iTech Transilvania), Daniel Moldovan (NTT Data), Gabriel Crețu, Paul Brie, Iulian Pădurariu (Evozon) and Sorin Pop (Indeco Soft) are some of our recommended speakers, all of them representing companies that are part of our cluster. You can find the full schedule with a simple click on the following link.

Open Innovation 2.0 only six days away, so we recommend to book a place at our matchmaking sessions and enter the world of tomorrow here, in Cluj-Napoca, the capital of Transilvania.

ARIES Transilvania became a member in the “Digital Skills and Jobs” Coalition

ARIES Transilvania ( became a member in the “Digital Skills and Jobs” Coalition, a network created with the initiative of the European Commission which reunites members, companies, social partners, NGOs and education providers. The fundamental purpose is to reduce and solve the deficiency of digital skills in Europe.

The European Commission’s initiative was determined by the existing disparity between the needs of the digital economy, and the Coalition’s members are involved in solving the competencies disparities at all levels, from the competences of specialized IT&C people to the needed competencies for all European citizens to work, live and participate in the digital economy and social life.

This fact represents a fundamental aspect for the European society in order to maintain the inclusion in the digital era but also for the European industry to remain competitive and to answer all demands.

The goals of the combination of all initiatives in the Coalition are, by 2020, to:

  • Train 1 million young unemployed people for vacant digital jobs through internships/traineeships, apprenticeships and short-term training programmes;
  • Support the upskilling and retraining of the workforce and in particular take concrete measures to support small and medium enterprises (SMEs) who face specific challenges in attracting and retaining digital talent as well as retraining their workforce;
  • Modernise education and training to provide all students and teachers with the opportunity to use digital tools and materials in their teaching and learning activities and to develop and upgrade their digital skills;
  • Reorient and make use of available funding to support digital skills and carry out awareness-raising about the importance of digital skills for employability, competitiveness and participation in society;
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