Tetapolis, the first scientific park in Romania, was inaugurated in November 2016 in Cluj-Napoca. If you know Romania then you will not be surprised that Tetapolis is in Cluj-Napoca rather than in the capital Bucharest. In fact, the city has become such a tech-hub that some are calling it “The Silicon Valley of Europe” – that’s quite a statement.
The park is part of the town’s 2020 vision to become Eastern Europe’s technological hub as Mihai Coca, Developer Manager of TETAPOLIS STP puts it “On this journey towards our goal, we will foster the next generation of scientific talent, turn Cluj-Napoca into a centre for technological innovation and enhance the city’s diversified economy.”
It combines a series of features such as technology incubators, R&D facilities and technologic clusters like Transylvania Creative Cluster Industries or iTech Transilvania with incubation services specially designed for startups and MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions) venues. Leisure venues will provide the park residents with a variety of choices to relax and to enjoy their free time.
The result of the public and academic partnership between Cluj County Council, rectors of universities in Cluj-Napoca and the president of IASP (International Association of Science Parks), it aims to be the heart of Cluj Innovation City, the town’s Smart City project. More so, local authorities are working closely with the municipality to provide encouraging fiscal policies in order to attract investors.
The project was thought and planned as an instrument for students, scholars and innovators to use for the development of smart city technologies. This will not only empower the North-West of Romania and transform Cluj-Napoca into a national example but will also provide smart solutions for citizens to assist in their everyday lives.
The 2015 European Youth Capital, Cluj-Napoca is Romania’s second most populous city, after the capital Bucharest. The city is one of the most important academic, cultural, industrial and business centres in Romania. Among other institutions, it hosts the country’s largest university, Babeș-Bolyai University, with its famous botanical garden; nationally renowned cultural institutions; as well as the largest Romanian-owned commercial bank.