Cluj is the first city in Romania to run for the title of European Capital of Innovation. The candidacy announcement was made by the mayor Emil Boc at ”Startup City Cluj-Napoca” event, in the presence of the European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Mariya Gabriel.
Cluj has seven strengths in this competition. The first is represented by the large number of educated young people who are able to come up with new ideas.
The second is represented by the Cluj universities engaged in relevant scientific research.
The third brings to the fore the clusters that ensure the technological transfer.
The fourth is represented by the large number of technological startups.
The fifth is the vibrant and dynamic economic environment.
The sixth strength is represented by the network of industrial and technological parks, as well as business clubs that bring together both multinational and local companies, most willing to cooperate.
And the seventh is represented by the open-minded local administration and the ability to use new technologies to ease the interaction between citizens and institutions.
The European Capital of Innovation title is awarded by the European Commission together with a prize of € 1 million. Until now, Nantes, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Vienna and Paris have been the capitals of innovation.