Past Projects

Future Skills <skills.passion.future/>


Status: Closed 

Over the next decade, millions of workers around the world will change professional categories and, as a result of the process, skill requirements within the labour market will quickly change.

For the next two decades specialists are indicating a shift in the traditional workplace where focus for the worker will be transferred toward higher autonomy, less routine, more communication technology, fewer physical tasks as well as more social and intellectual tasks.

Due to changes generated by the digitization and transformation processes, both in the IT industry and industries with potential for economic growth, the professional development of employees active in these sectors will require adjustments and support for acquiring new skills demanded by a rapidly changing market. Companies will also go through transformation processes and will be obligated to adjust their day to day activity based on the same conditions.

In this existing context, Future Skills brings to the table a series of benefits and support actions meant to facilitate a smooth transition through the obstacles ahead. Our approach is a skill-centric model in which both employee and the company can access know-how, expertise and support for a tailored life-long learning program and workplace learning program.

The scheduled activities and events are dedicated for representatives and/or employees in operational positions within SMEs operating in the North West region of Romania (Bihor, Bistrita-Nasaud, Cluj, Maramures, Satu Mare and Salaj counties) in one of the following fields of activity: creative industries and information technology and communications, food and beverage processing, health and pharmaceuticals, energy and environmental management, biotechnologies, textiles and leather, wood and furniture, construction, automotive industry and components.

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*Please note that the project webpage is available in Romanian only.

IoT Tribe Space Endeavour

Status: Closed 

IoT Tribe Space Endeavour will take promising space technologies and find founders, start-ups and SMEs who can take them to market across industries.

The programme will curate opportunities for start-ups, scale-ups and entrepreneurs to accelerate growth, access funding and find partners and space-tech enabled business opportunities.

You may already be a tech start-up and are looking to gain an extra technological edge or a researcher with some unique space tech. Or you might be a serial entrepreneur looking for your next big exit. Whatever your profile, find out more and apply for the activities and program at

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no 870480.



Status: Closed 

This work was supported by a grant of the Romanian Ministry of Research and Innovation, CCCDI – UEFISCDI, project number PN-III-P3-3.6-H2020-2020-0114



Status: Closed 

This work was supported by a grant of the Romanian Ministry of Research and Innovation, CCCDI – UEFISCDI, project number PN-III-P3-3.6-H2020-2020-0111

CRONOS (PNIII, 2018-2020)

Status: Closed 

The project was aimed at strengthening the process of strategic alignment and innovation among companies, SMEs and research institutions in order to accelerate the development of innovative technologies and products in the ICT sector with internationally scalable potential based on short, medium and, especially, long term cooperation activities.

Funded through the Romanian national research program, the project is focused on building a research strategy that applies to the interests of companies and organizations within the cluster membership. Special focus is set on technologies which have applicability in a variety of sectors, from medical to automotive, industrial etc. The potential for specialization of the Cluster includes multiple areas, as existing expertise within the eco-system has placed domains such as: industry digitalization, smart and resilient territories, as well as AI and Cybersecurity among the top 5 priority domains, out of a total of 9 identified.

This work was supported by a grant of the Romanian Ministry of Research and Innovation, CCCDI – UEFISCDI, project number PN-III-P2-2.1-CLS-2017-0041

Green ICT DeVElopment

Status: Closed

GIVE is a follow-up project to the Strategic Action Plan resulted from the Danube ICT project, focusing on 3 sectors of interest identified within the report: ICT, automotive and green technologies. As a COSME funded project, the specific objectives of the GIVE initiative and activities include the creation of a new value chain and a favorable framework for the establishment of a Strategic Partnership on Intelligent Ecological Technologies focusing on the automotive and transport sectors through supporting the development of a common knowledge base for internationalization and marketing in cluster managers and SME members.

During implementation Cluj IT was responsible for coordination of targeted activities of promotion and data gathering (survey implementation), direct investigation (focus groups) and centralization of relevant information for the elaboration of the Market Intelligence Report, as a basis for development of the Project Internationalization Strategy. Efforts towards stimulating cross-industry collaboration among SMEs active within the three sectors are strongly supported through dissemination events incorporating two essential components: presentation of Market Intelligence Report results to members of the target group and facilitation of business meetings through matchmaking events.

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Danube ICT Clusters’ sustainable cooperation for smart and inclusive growth

Status: Closed 

The main objective of the project is to create a sustainable, strategic trans- national partnership among ICT Clusters from the Balkan and Danube Region by establishing a common strategy for cross-cluster and cross-industrial cooperation in favor of SMEs. Therefore, a significant outcome of the Danube ICT Project is the Action Plan for Cross-Industry Collaboration which it proposes. Funded by the European Union and Danube Strategy Fund START, the project was coordinated by ICT Cluster Bulgaria, and benefited from the contribution of the Balkan and Black Sea ICT Clusters Network founding members.

Next Generation Brained City

Status: Closed

The general objective of the project was to contribute to the innovative development of the Cluj-Napoca urban ecosystem through computerization.

In the project context 4 innovative IT products were developed up to the marketable stage, as well as 12 other IT components/products proposed for further development up to the stage of analysis and design. An important component of the project budget was dedicated to the organizational development of Cluj IT Cluster, as support for the strengthening of the IT sector, an industry with a substantial contribution to community development.

As the first smart city project implemented at national level, it was designed to generate a living area based on the innovative concept of ecologically urban and fully computerized urban community, established under the “networked ecological city” paradigm. Subsequent and deriving activities and involvement in the area of smart city strategic development include collaborations with local authorities from cities like Oradea, Alba-Iulia and Cluj-Napoca, as well as Cluj-Napoca County Council in the scope of informatization strategy development.

Increasing Job Opportunities through Successful Internships

Status: Closed

This project has offered the framework where more than 400 students 3 pilot disciplines from Babes-Bolyai University have been able to gain relevant work experience by engaging in internships in IT companies from Cluj. Over the course of two years more than 80 host organizations have been involved and more than 50 experienced mentors and experts provided support and valuable guidance for the students. The project created a culture of cooperation and set standards of good practice in how internships need to be organized. Babes-Bolyai University has since then applied a similar approach to the organization of internships and extended the model to most of the faculties and disciplines thought in the university.