inhabitants in the metropolitan area
major Romanian universities located in Cluj-Napoca
IT companies active in the metropolitan area
employees in the IT sector
CULTURE AND SOCIETY
Also known as The Capital of Transylvania, Cluj-Napoca was the European Capital of Youth in 2015 and the European City of Sport in 2018.
The city hosts some of Romania’s most important music festivals (Untold Festival, Electric Castle), film festivals (Transylvania International Film Festival TIFF), sport events, as well as international conferences and gatherings covering a wide range of fields, from contemporary art to tech innovation or emerging industries.
THE IT SECTOR
Cluj-Napoca has experienced a remarkable growth in the IT sector during the last decade and, as it continues to develop in this area, it is already ranked second after the capital city of Bucharest in the Romanian IT environment.
In the last 8 years, the Cluj Metropolitan Area reached an annual average of 129 new start-ups. One in ten start-up companies was active in the fields of IT or transportation. With important multinational companies establishing regional headquarters or offices here and a bustling business environment, the city is constantly expanding within the IT sector and, from this perspective, it comes as no surprise to find here one of the largest IT clusters in Romania: Cluj IT.
Consequently, some of the most important IT conferences and events in Romania (such as Cluj Innovation Days, for example) are also held here.
With over 1.200 IT companies that involve more than 20.000 employees and with the constant support coming from the local authorities and universities, Cluj-Napoca is on its way to becoming a major digital hub in Eastern Europe, as a city driven by innovation in which creativity, professionalism, resources and opportunities come together for the ultimate goal: shaping a better society.