One of the first established Digital Innovation Hubs

The Digital Innovation Hub for a Smarter, Safer and more Sustainable Society (DIH4Society) is a digital transformation and innovation enabler located in the North-West Region of Romania, established in 2015 and recognized as fully operational by the European Commission.

A consistent ecosystem

DIH4Society brings together and coordinates a complex ecosystem led by 4 consortium partners (Cluj IT Cluster, Technical University Cluj-Napoca, University Oradea and Chamber of Commerce and Industry Bistrita-Nasaud).

Over 50 relevant actors participate the associated network ( technology solution providers, universities, research centres,  cluster initiatives, chambers of commerce and industry, EEN members, SME associations, education and business development services, banks and financing actors. We maintain active collaborations with public administrations and the NW Regional Development Agency.

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A well-developed territorial coverage

We are headquartered in the regional academic and business hub Cluj-Napoca. The hub has a local presence with offices in the all major cities of the counties of the Northern Transylvania Region (Oradea, Bistrita, Baia-Mare, Satu-Mare, Zalau), as well as contact points in several counties of the Transylvania macro-region of Romania ( in Sf. Gheorghe, Brasov, Sibiu, Alba-Iulia, Petrosani), with additional  cooperation partners in other regions of Romania, in the cities of Suceava, Iasi, Craiova, and Bucharest.

 

 

An active member of European initiatives 

Since 2015, our hub has been deeply involved in digitalization policies and initiatives at EU level. We established collaboration agreements with 26 DIHs from Europe, and we contributed to the foundation of 3 thematic corridors (The Next Generation Public Corridor, North-South Cooperation Logistic Corridor, SE_SmartHEALTH EDIH Network). Through our lead members, we are also involved in organizations such as the European Digital SME Alliance  , Balkan, Black Sea and Baltic ICT Clusters Network, CyberSec4Europe.

A team developed around professional excellence

The  DIH coordination is realized by Prof. Dr. Stelian Brad (PhD in engineering/robotics and in economics; 22+ years of complex expertise in the software industry, prof. with tenure at Technical University Cluj-Napoca). Executive management is carried out by Andrei Kelemen (Head of Operations and Internationalization, also CEO at Cluj IT Cluster).    Our strategic outlook is shaped by an advisory board composed of recognized international innovation experts, chaired by Florin Paun, member of the EIC Jury, innovation expert with more than 20 years in technology transfer in the aerospace industry. Members of the SAB include:

  • Dr. Dominique Foray, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, author of smart specialization theory, the base for all RIS3 in the EU;
  • Tanya Suarez, CEO of IoT Tribe, entrepreneur and manager of a network of venture funds with locations in London, Madrid, and Singapore;
  • Margareta Mucibabici (Chesaru), Public Affairs Manager at UiPath, global leader in Robotic Process Automation.

The governance structure is composed of representatives of the 4 leading partners (Cluj IT Cluster – coordinating partner, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, University of Oradea and Chamber of Commerce of Bistrita-Nasaud).

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