An innovation platform giving access to information, education, collaboration, networks and funding to entrepreneurial projects in Transylvania.

Our mission

is to create an inspiring ecosystem for the local startup community, by facilitating solutions in essential areas: infrastructure, services, networking, knowledge and capital. 

This way we support the local entrepreneurs to bring innovation into their businesses and to develop sustainable solutions for the challenges the entire society is facing.


The EU’s Open Innovation Strategy and Policy Group (OISPG) states that:

"The Open Innovation 2.0 paradigm is the creation of open innovation ecosystems where the serendipity process is fully-fledged.”

"It is considered that the involvement of citizens in the innovation process increases the speed of prototyping in real life and thus it may uplift the sustainable economic and societal growth. The fundament for The Open Innovation Strategy and Policy Group (OISPG) thinking is the Quadruple Helix Innovation Model where government, industry, academia and civil participants work together to co-create the future and drive structural changes far beyond the scope of what any one organization or person could do alone."


2017 Edition

The 5th edition of the Open Innovation 2.0 Conference takes place in Cluj-Napoca.

"The fact that Cluj-Napoca has been chosen to host this Conference in 2017 reflects the recognition of the local and regional efforts to create an open and functional innovation ecosystem. This is a great opportunity for our city to promote actors, projects, ideas, knowledge and technologies developed in Cluj-Napoca, in Transylvania and in Romania."

Emil Boc, Mayor of Cluj-Napoca


is a two day hackathon, taking place in April and attracts participants all over the world. The event embraces collaborative problem solving with the goal of producing open-source solutions to global challenges on six domains: Aeronautics, Space Station, Solar System, Technology, Earth and Journey to Mars.

First time in Romania

NASA's International Space Apps Challenge is being organized in 2017 for the first time in Romania, in Cluj-Napoca.

You can find out more about the local event here.

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The event is brought to you by Startup Transilvania Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center, supported by TechAcademy and SprintPoint Techcelerator and hosted by ClujHUB.

The SprintPoint Techcelerator is an intensive 12 week acceleration joint program for companies with tech products for global scale-up. Specially designed for mature teams and SMEs building innovative tech products.

The program includes business development & coaching, commercial assistance, access to a global market, access to investment and technology resources.

The Techcelerator is design to support the company spin-offs and mature startups which are interested in going beyond the regional market, reaching the national or even international level.

To learn more about the program, please visit 





helps Romanian technology entrepreneurs and innovators to develop their businesses and take their products to international markets. 

RICAP participants work with a dedicated team of accomplished US-based commercialization advisors and Romania-based local mentors to further develop their knowledge and commercialization tools, as well as to connect to a global network of potential partners and investors.

RICAP is a project developed by the Romanian Innovation in Local Development Center and the Larta Institute (Los Angeles, USA), implemented with the support of Gea Strategy & Consulting and funded by the Romanian-American Foundation.





RICAP Academy

supports entrepreneurs to validate their technology, by receiving feedback and customised mentoring, preparing them for the market.

The program is designed for emerging companies in need to establish a solid basis for the ongoing development of their enterprises. 

The Academy involves various activities, such as: personalised mentoring, support in developing tools for marketing innovation, commercialisation training workshop, commercialisation webinars, feedback sessions.





RICAP Accelerator

supports entrepreneurs to validate their technology, by receiving feedback and customised mentoring, preparing them for the market the first Romanian technology accelerator, addressed to mature companies, offering them services through which they will perfect their financial proposal, connect with investors and obtain funding for the following development phase.

The Accelerator is designed to better capitalise on the potential and readiness of companies on a more advanced stage of business development. 

The program involves a wide range of activities, such as: personalised mentoring, support in developing the business, direct investment, specialised services and free perks, free office space during the program, and the opportunity to win a business trip to the US.





Creative Industries Cluster


The cluster aims to ensure the representativeness of creative industries at local, regional, national and international level by promoting the interests and development opportunities. 


This cluster is open for representatives from the following areas: advertising, architecture, arts and antiques, crafts, design, fashion, film, video and photography, software, games, music and performing arts.


The cluster aim is developing human resources in the field of advanced technologies in the North-West region and Cluj-Napoca and Oradea metropolitan areas. The cluster map in developing human resources in the field of advanced technologies – iTech Transylvania follows

the four-leaf model clover pattern as follows: 12 SMEs from the advanced technologies field
2 Universities in the advanced technologies field
2 Local Public Administrations: Cluj-Napoca City Hall, Intercommunity Metropolitan Area Development Association
2 Catalysts – Non-Profit Associations: ARIES Transilvania, Transilvania Business Center Association

"The technology keeps moving forward, which makes it easier for the artists to tell their stories and paint the pictures they want."

George Lucas

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