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Cluj IT Cluster

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Monday, 22 October, 2012
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
Membership to European Strategic Cluster Partnerships (ESCP-4i, ESCP-S3 or ESCP-4x): 
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
3B ICT Clusters Network
European Digital SMEs Alliance
Cluster Management Team: 
Cluster Manager
Internationalisation Responsible
Languages spoken: 
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Education and Knowledge Creation
Information Technology and Analytical Instruments
Technology fields: 
Applications for Health
Applications for Transport and Logistics
S3 EU priority areas: 
Transport & logistics (incl. highways of the seas)
e-Health (e.g. healthy ageing)
Emerging industries: 
Digital Industries
Experience Industries
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
Software development; Machine learning; Robotics; Cybersecurity
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
Number of SME members: 
Number of start-ups among SME members: 
Number of larger company members: 
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
Cluster Strategy

Founded in octomber 2012, Cluj IT is an innovation based value chain network of Romanian IT companies and related organizations with the purpose of increasing the competitiveness and growth of IT services and products on international markets and of forging a strong sustainable public – private partnership in order to improve the life quality of the community we are part of. Cluj IT Cluster also strives towards the enhancement of innovation capabilities of our members, in particular, and of the Romanian IT industry in general. Our focus is on:

• Creating a collaborative culture based on trust and reliability • Fostering entrepreneurship

• Promoting Romanian IT solutions and services abroad and become known as a centre of excellence in IT

• Forging strong and long lasting partnerships for the mutual benefit of our members and society in general

• Support and create opportunities for Cluj IT members to work on large international projects.


Until the end of 2017 Cluj IT Cluster envisions becoming one of the most credible suppliers from Central and Eastern Europe for innovative IT services and products as well as of organizational support systems, with the majority of its members able to be competitive on national and international markets. Our challenge is to promote innovation in processes, design of products and services to increase competitiveness on international level, creation of a partnership culture based on trust and dependability, promotion of the Romanian IT market, founding lasting public-private partnerships for the mutual benefit of the cluster’s members and of the society in general.

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Support services provided: 
Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)
Access to private funding (connecting to investors, seed-capital, venture-capital, crowd-funding, etc.)
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Facilitation of cross-sectorial cooperation
Innovation Management / Support of innovation processes (internal, external)
Details of support services: 
  • Matching of project demand / overload with resources available in member companies (sharing resources)
  • Group Purchasing Organization (GPO) – representation for the negotiation of certain services, products, utilities based on needs expressed by the members
  • Project Management Office (PMO) – platform for large or medium scale projects where several companies / entities might be involved in order to provide an integrated approach towards their management
  • Facilitation of high level international consultancy acquisition on product development and commercialization
  • Facilitation of access to venture and other forms of capital
  • Consultancy in the preparation of applications to EU and Romanian public funding
  • Consultancy in innovation management
  • Consultancy in organizational development
  • Consultancy in product development and commercialization strategies
  • Monitoring of public tender opportunities based on member's interest, in Romania and EU states. Consultancy in preparation of offer submission, development of consortiums, litigations related to public tender
  • Facilitation of internationalization – finding business opportunities through the Cluster's partners, finding contractors
  • Providing a channel for advertising and commercialization of member's premium services and products ( based on individual pre-approval of each item )
  • Preparation of targeted economical delegations
  • Consultancy for the management of events
Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
United States
Our cluster organisation undertook the following international activities to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
Association Pegase
Balkan, Black Sea and Baltic Sea ICT Network (3B ICT)
Clustero (association of clusters in Romania)
4 Motors for Industry consortium
Aerospace Valley
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameLinkName & Description (Regional/National)Link (Regional/National)

Brained City (Information Technology based Innovative Development of Cluj-Napoca Fully Integrated Urban Ecosystem), Project financed by the Operational Sectorial Program “Growth of Economic Competitiveness- Investment for your future”, and co-financed by the European Fund for Regional Development through the Sectoral Operational Programme for Competitiveness. Through the development of this project, the companies involved in the implementation have the opportunity to generate IP based innovative products for the smart city software component market.

Operational Sectorial Program “Growth of Economic Competitiveness - Investment for your future”, co-financed by the European Fund for Regional Development

Success Story / Achievements: 

Cluj IT Cluster’s success relies in the commitment that the companies, the universities and the local authorities (especially the Mayor’s Office) have invested in the initiative. This has materialized in the resources that each of these stakeholders have so far brought to table (from financial resources to infrastructure and equipment and know-how from other organizations). This, at its turn secures sustainability for our organization, while also bringing other stakeholders within or around our organization. One major achivement is the organization of Cluj Innovation Days. Cluj Innovation Days is an annual regional forum organized to consolidate the IT community and to facilitate the interaction with business partners as well as the public sector. Participants are usually more than 400, representatives from a wide range of sectors such as the Romanian Government and the local public institutions, members from the Academia, as well as delegates from foreign Embassies and international business networks, businesses and practioners. Traditionally, the event takes place over two days at the end of March, each year.

Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

Our foremost interest is to tap into the network potential of the ECCP initiative in order to create new opportunities for local companies in Cluj, especially SMEs, to start or to advance their businesses. We are looking mainly at internationalization opportunities while also expecting to be exposed to high level expertise on topics such as innovation, product management, market studies and access, sustainable business growth. It is of great value for cluster members to be possibly exposed to a network of business angels / venture capitals and other financial instruments. This could rapidly become an example of regional good practice, with possibilities to be replicated in other locations throughout Romania and Balkans. We would be also looking forward to come in connection with successful entrepreneurs and coaching experts / mentors from established organizations.