Welcome To Transylvania, Romania, European Union

STARTUPS IN TRANSYLVANIA 

 

Hello and welcome to Transylvania Beyond's guide to starting a small business in Transylvania. If you're looking to start a company or if you are already building one and want to read more about the relocation opportunities, this is the place to start


Cluj Arena (copyright: creative commons)

Cluj Arena (copyright: creative commons)

CORPORATE TAXATION

Romania has one of the lowest tax rates on the continent: the standard corporate tax rate is 16%, about half the tax you would pay in France, Germany or Italy. All companies with less than 100.000 euro revenue per year are subject to an even smaller rate: 1-3%. Fiscal incentives include tax exemption for the reinvested profit. The income tax for IT&C employees is 0%. The tax on dividends is 5%.

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PERSONAL TAXATION

Resident individuals are taxed on their worldwide income irrespective of the type or source of income; a flat rate of 16% applies. You will pay about 3x less than in UK, France or Germany.

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DOING BUSINESS IN ROMANIA

Invest Romania

The website created by the Romanian government for companies that want to invest in Romania. You will find info about the macroeconomy, education, wages, cost of living, tax, infrastructure, doing business, government support, success stories. Romania is among the Top 3 countries with the highest GDP growth in EU, according to Eurostat.

If you make 4500 pounds a month in London, you would need to make 1493 pounds in Romania to maintain the same standard of life

If you open a business in Romania, you should know that overall, the hourly labor costs in Romania are around 5 euro/hour, which is 5x less than the EU average.

Liberty Technology Park, Cluj (photo source)

Liberty Technology Park, Cluj (photo source)

Download the official 'Foreign Investor's Guide 2017'


Romania trade & export guide by gov.uk

This guide was created by the British Government for British businesses interested in developing their overseas trade and doing business in Romania. The guide contains information about: challenges of doing business in Romania, growth potential of the market, trade between the UK and Romania opportunities in Romania, start-up and market entry considerations, legal considerations, tax and customs considerations, entry requirements, who to contact for more help.

The Office, business center in Cluj, Transylvania (photo source)

The Office, business center in Cluj, Transylvania (photo source)

 

Benefits for UK businesses investing in Romania:

Domestic market of nearly 20 million consumers, English is widely spoken, gateway to markets of the CIS and Balkans, low cost flights between Romania and the UK. The EU has allocated EUR 23 billion to Romania until 2020. The funds will contribute to investments in Romanian infrastructure, human development, regional development. Resulting projects will offer good prospects for UK businesses.

 

Strengths of the Romanian market include:

Young, skilled and educated workforce, well established support in Romania from foreign lawyers, accountants and consultants, implementation of Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) standards for euro payments, plentiful natural resources, western business practices

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Doing Business in Romania Report 
by the World Bank Group (2017)

This report focuses on business regulations that have an impact on small to medium-size businesses in Romania. The study covers measures in regulations affecting the following areas: starting a business, dealing with construction permits, getting electricity, registering property, getting credit, protecting minority investors, paying taxes, trading across borders, enforcing contracts, resolving insolvency and labor market regulation.

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KPMG Investment in Romania (2016)

The KPMG guide for those who want to invest or do business in Romania. The guide contains general information about: forms of business organization, taxation in Romania, banking and finance, commercial rules, real estate, EU funding, labor regulations and employment standards, the legal system, protection of intellectual and industrial property rights, accounting,  competition (main legal issues), environmental protection.

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The Amcham's Guide to Investing in Romania (2015)

Another excellent source of information in English about investing in Romania comes from the American Chamber of Commerce in Romania. The guide covers general information about Romania, forms of business organization, taxation, banking and finance, general commercial rules, real estate in Romania, EU funding, labour regulations and employment standards, the legal system, protection of intellectual and industrial property, accounting, competition in Romania - main legal issues and environmental protection.

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Romanian startups

The Romanian tech startups directory: startups, founders, incubators, accelerators, events. Find out what's hot on the Romanian startup scene and connect with relevant startups. It is noteworthy that Liverail, one of the most successful tech startups in Eastern Europe of all times - recently bought by Facebook for $500 mln - was created in Cluj, Transylvania.

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CO-WORKING SPACES IN TRANSYLVANIA

Co-working in Cluj (photo source)

Co-working in Cluj (photo source)

CLUJ

IMPACT HUB

Contact Madalina Martin: madalina.martin@impacthub.ro  |  +40 743 016 788

CLUJ COWORK

Contact Madalina Grecu: contact@clujcowork.ro  |  +40 751 030 413

CHAOS CC

Contact Claudiu Marginean: chaosclubcluj@gmail.com  |  +40 720 801101

CLUJ HUB

Contact: contact@clujhub.ro  |  +40 753 461 740

FABRICA DE PENSULE

Contact: info@fabricadepensule.ro | (+40) 749 222 322

ZAIN STUDIO

Contact: studio@zain.ro | (+40) 745 070 410


ARAD

COWORKING HUB ARAD ADFINES AML

Contact: adfines.aml@gmail.com | (+40) 722 338 149


BRASOV 

ALCHEMY HUB

Contact: office@alchemy-hub.ro | (+40) 730 830 760

HUB 1317

Contact: contact@hub1317.ro | (+40) 744 583 682

HUB ONEZERO

Contact: sabina.milcoveanu@hubonezero.ro | (+40) 737 032 505


MIERCUREA CIUC, HARGHITA

THE HOUSE

Contact: hello@thehousecowork.ro |  (+40) 744 483 213


ORADEA

COWORKING OFFICE ORADEA

Contact: info@coworkingoradea.ro | (+40) 726 773 656

ORADEA TECH HUB

Contact: info@oradeatechhub.ro


SIBIU

CENTRAL HUB

Contact: https://www.facebook.com/centralhubsibiu/  | (+40)749 036 360


SFANTU GHEORGHE, COVASNA

INNOHUB

Contact: hello@innohub.center | (+40) 758 712 980


TARGU MURES

INNOWORK

Contact: Ioana@innowork.eu | (+40) 785 232 748


ZALAU, SALAJ

HUB ZALAU

Contact: crisb777@yahoo.com | (+40) 742 329 588


STARTUP & TECH ECOSYSTEM IN TRANSYLVANIA

 

RECOMMENDED PARTNER

CLUJ IT CLUSTER

Cluj IT is a cluster based organization formed of active organizations in the information technology field: providers of software services and solutions, universities and research institutes, public bodies and other catalyst organizations

Contact Ioan Dragan: ioan.dragan@clujit.ro

Unirii Square, Cluj-Napoca (photo source)

Unirii Square, Cluj-Napoca (photo source)

 

CLUJ

ITECH TRANSYLVANIA CLUSTER

Contact Bianca Muntean: bianca.muntean@aries-transilvania.ro  |  +40 742 225 405

CLUJ INNOVATION PARK

Contact: office@clujinnovationpark.ro | (+40) 264 450 320 

SPHERIK ACCELERATOR

Contact Jennifer Austin:  jennifer@spherikaccelerator.com

CLUJ MEETUP COMMUNITIES

Contact forms available on the website

SPRING POINT

Contact form available on the website

CLUJ STARTUPS

Contact: clujstartups@gmail.com

STARTUP TRANSYLVANIA

Contact Cristian Dascalu: cristian@startuptransilvania.ro  |  +40 742180 889

TRANSYLVANIA EVOLUTION

Contact Ciprian Tudor: transylvaniaevolution@gmail.com  |  +40 745 546 088

TECH ACADEMY

Contact Olivia Frosin: olivia@techacademy.ro  |  +40 744 549 898

INVEST CLUB

Contact Cristian Bordei: cerrbo@gmail.com  |  +40 724 226 593

TECHSYLVANIA

Contact: contact@techsylvania.co

CLUJ STARTUP WEEKEND

Contact form available on the website

IT CAMP CLUJ

Contact form available on the website

RISKY BUSINESS ACCELERATOR

Contact: withus@riskybusiness.ro 

SEED FOR TECH

Contact: contact@seedfortech.ro | (+40) 766-810276

SIMPLON

Contact: contact@simplonromania.org | (+40) 785 666 553

TETAPOLIS SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY PARK

Contact: mihai.coca@tetapolis.com | (+40) 264.407900


BRASOV

ALT BRASOV

Contact: form available on the website | +40 736 354 425


ODORHEIU SECUIESC, HARGHITA

HARGHITA BUSINESS CENTER

Contact:  info@hbcenter.ro | (+40) 366 567 941


EXPATS IN Romania

Unirii Square, Cluj-Napoca (photo source)

Unirii Square, Cluj-Napoca (photo source)

INTERNATIONS

A large expat community. you can find useful information about moving to Romania, working and living here, events for expatriates.

 

EXPAT EXCHANGE

Forum for expats living in Romania or people considering a move to Romania.

 

EXPAT IN ROMANIA

Life in Cluj, Transylvania, through the eyes of an expat.

 

ROMANIA INSIDER

Daily news in English about life in Romania: expat life, experiences, voice of the community and financial affairs

 

Do I need a visa to travel to Romania or move there?

Find out here if you need a visa to Romania. A detailed list of countries that need a visa for Romania can be found here. If you're interested in a permanent residence in Romania you can find more information here.

 

 

INTRODUCING Cluj

Find out more about doing business in Cluj, the most important city in Transylvania

Read about: public Institutionsbusiness clustersbusiness clubsbusiness associationsinternational cultural centersconsulatesindustrial parks and universities.

 

More about Cluj: European Youth Capital in 2015, ranked 1st as the city most welcoming to foreigners according to an EU study, the least polluted city in Europe, the most attractive growth pole in Romania, according to KPMG.

 

 

Cluj, among the Top 3 fastest growing economies in the EU

Cluj tripled its GDP per capita in the last 13 years. The economy of Cluj is growing 4x faster than the economy of the strongest cities on the continent. Around 20% of the workforce is employed in the creative and innovative industries. About 40% of the population of the metropolitan area are students or have recently graduated. The IT sector grew more than 10x in the last decade.

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Cluj-Napoca: cost of living, low-cost flights, international schools, private healthcare, shopping, entertainment 


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