Why Cluj Napoca?
“Cluj-Napoca has been named the ‘Silicon Valley of Romania’ due to the intense IT and startup activity in the area”*.
Cluj-Napoca’s reputation is determined by several key factors which in the first place are “highly regarded engineering universities, proximity to Western Europe and membership in the European Union, combined with relatively affordable workforce salaries, made Romania a clear choice for IT outsourcing”*.
Cluj-Napoca is a major university center with more than 100.000 students in 11 universities. Three major universities from Cluj: the Babes-Bolyai University, the Technical University from Cluj-Napoca and the University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca are fueling with young specialists the GIS, IT and architectural industries.
Based on a report of Romanian Association for Electronic Industry and Software (ARIES) – Transilvania data the Romanian IT sector has doubled its turnover in the past six years to about 5 billion euros” as of the end of 2016. The survey went on to describe that from 2011-2016, IT companies nationwide increased from 9,823 to 14,339 and were forecasted for the end of 2017 to exceed 17,000.
The Avram Iancu International Airport makes Cluj-Napoca accessible within 1-3 hours of flight from all around Europe.
*The quotes are from Dea Wilson, named also as Ms. Silicon Valley, who is a “super-connector” with an extensive network including the “Who’s Who” in startups, venture capital, technology, and entertainment.