The city of IASI, winner at the CEE Outsourcing Awards in Poland


Iasi won the title of „Emerging City of the Year” at the CEE Shared Services and Outsourcing Awards Gala, which took place on 31st of January and 1st of February 2018 in the Polish capital, Warsaw.

Iasi competed with Debrecen (Hungary), Kaunas (Lithuania), Košice (Slovakia), Ostrava (Czech Republic) and Plovdiv (Bulgaria) in the category „City of the Year for IT and Outsourcing development in Central and Eastern Europe (outside Poland)”. The award was received by Mayor Mihai Chirica, him also being invited by the organizers to be a member of the jury and, in addition, to present in a separate session the arguments of the attractiveness of Iasi for the biggest players in the Outsourcing industry at European level.

„This award, which honors and gives us joy, is still a beautiful acknowledgment of a reality brought to light by several recent analyzes: Iasi is in the top of the most dynamic cities of Romania, with a sustained growth and prospects of a healthy development, and this is largely due to the spectacular development of the IT and Outsourcing industry in the recent years. On behalf of the Iasi community, I thank the organizers of the Gala and our local partners, but especially, I want to thank publicly to the thousands of IT and Outsourcing entrepreneurs and specialists who dared to invest and develop in Iasi. I also thank to the educational environment, schools and universities in Iasi for the constant effort to generate well-trained and competitive workforce that transforms our city into a recognized IT development center at a national level and even European. As mayor, I have always supported and will support the projects and initiatives that confirm and consolidate the status of Iaşi as a city of intelligence and creativity.” said Mihai CHIRICA, Mayor of IASI.

Iasi was represented as well at the Gala CEE Shared Services and Outsourcing Awards by the CONDUENT Company (, one of the largest employers in the region and was nominated in two categories “Outsourcing of the Year (BPO )” And „Best Marketing Initiatives in 2017” for the branches in Iasi (Romania) and Lodz (Poland), as well as the FAB LAB IASI project (, nominated in the category „The best collaboration between business and university environment „.

„Recently, the CEE Shared Services and Outsourcing Awards Gala brought to Conduent Romania the nominations in the categories „Outsourcing of the Year (BPO)” and „Best Marketing Initiatives of 2017” for the Iasi (Romania) headquarters and Lodz (Poland) headquarters, nominations that honor us and make us responsible for maintaining the performance standards in what we intend to do in the future.

We congratulate the Iaşi City Hall for receiving the award „Emerging city of the Year” and its actions to create a socio-economic environment favorable to the development of creative and outsourcing industries. We are honored by the partnership with the representative institutions of the municipality and we have all the confidence that their support for the economic dynamics of the city will continue. Thanks to all of my colleagues from Conduent who made possible our nomination at the Warsaw Gala.” said Irina BUTNARU, CONDUENT Romania Country Lead & HRO Europe Operations

Also, PINmagazine, the publication of the regional IT & Outsourcing Industry (, was the media partner of the event. Other nominations in Romania were Allianz Technology – Actuarial Support Center (which also won the category „The largest single service provider”) and SCC Heroes with operations in Romania, Poland and Hungary („Recruitment of the Year”).

„Iasi thus gains a well-deserved permanent place on the short list of any major player in the global IT & Outsourcing industry looking to expand its operations in Central and Eastern Europe. It is also a confirmation for the large companies already in IASI that they have made a good choice to develop the technology community in the region.” said Dan ZAHARIA, founder of FAB LAB IASI and co-founder of PINmagazine.

More than 300 industry leaders were present at the 6th edition of the CEE Shared Services and Outsourcing Awards with more than 50 companies interested in establishing or developing business in the service industry in Central Europe. The award ceremony was preceded by a half-day summit consisting of panels, in which the topic of „Shared Services and Outsourcing Sector” was discussed in specific data sessions in the field.

Presenting both local and international media, Gala CEE Shared Services and Outsourcing promotes Central and Eastern Europe as a world class service destination for global companies operating in Europe, North America and Asia.

Central and Eastern Europe is well established as a world class destination for shared service centers and BPO investments. With Poland recognized as the most powerful area in the region, other countries such as Hungary, the Czech Republic, Romania, Lithuania and Latvia are important investment destinations. Within the Gala, Shared Service Companies, Business Services Projects and Industry Professionals receive recognition awards from an industry independent jury for their contribution to the development of the business services sector in Central and Eastern Europe for the year previous.

More details about the CEE Shared Services and Outsourcing 2018 Awards Gala can be found here:


10.000 sq.m of coworking spaces in Moldova region. The complete list

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map drawn by George Turcanasu, PIN Maps

On January 26th, 2018, the Coworking Spaces of Moldova conference took place in the coworking area of Fab Lab Iasi together with 50 representatives from coworking spaces and business incubators in the region of Moldova (North-East Region from Romania and the Republic of Moldova).

In North-Eastern Romania there are 8 coworking spaces and 6 such spaces are active in Chisinau. Also, 6 business incubators are active in the Republic of Moldova, which aim to boost entrepreneurship in the cities where they operate. The numbers that were compiled at the conference show that over the entire Moldavian region there are over 10,000 square meters of coworking spaces with over 1,200 individual work stations.

In North-Eastern Romania there are 4,275 square meters in 7 working spaces where entrepreneurs, startups and freelancers operate. In these square meters, there are 205 places ready to accommodate people and businesses in areas such as technology, IT, design, marketing, HR, art, etc.
IASI – Fab Lab Iasi (725 sqm), The Grape (450 sqm), Hubrica (800 sqm), Hackerspace (200 sqm) and Hub Resilience (100 sqm)
PIATRA-NEAMT – Rubik Hub (1,600 sqm)
ROMAN, Neamt County – Kult Hub (120 sqm)
BACAU – Nest Hub (280 sqm)

In the Republic of Moldova, active coworking spaces amount to 6,000 square meters, hosting 1,000 seats for local entrepreneurs and freelancers.
CHIŞINĂU – Tekwill (4,000 sqm), Digital Park (1,000 sqm), Generator Hub (400 sqm), iHUB (400 sqm), Armeneasca 13A (200 sqm) and Classter (3,000 sqm – in project).

In addition, incubators in the Republic of Moldova amount to 7,830 square meters and around 132 places for businesses of any kind in Nisporeni, Soroca, Singerei, Calarasi, Leova and Cahul.

Coworking space Contact City Surface
Fab Lab Iasi Dan Zaharia Iasi 725 mp
The Grape  Costina Iurașcu Iasi 450 mp
Tekwill  Maria Nemciuc Chisinau 4000 mp
Generator Hub  Dona Scola Chisinau 400 mp
Doina Iațișin
Rubik Hub  Lidia Betoaea Piatra Neamt 1600 mp
Alexandru Agatinei
Valentin Țoc
Kult Hub  Sebastian Hrib Roman 120 mp
Nest Hub  Gabriel Postolache Bacau 280 mp
Bogdan Codreanu
Alexandra Vrabie
Hubrica  Alexandru Paicu Iasi 800 mp
Hackerspace  Antonio Caciuc Iasi 200 mp
Armeneasca 13A Aliona Rotaru Chisinau 200 mp
iHUB  Olea Graur Chisinau 400 mp
Ana Alcaza
Digital Park  Andrei Nistor Chisinau 1000 mp

Besides hosting entrepreneurs and freelancers in common workspaces, the hubs also aim to stimulate entrepreneurship through sessions, events and workshops on different themes, in order to increase the transfer of knowledge to those who have an idea business and are developing or those who already have a developed initiative but need support.

Around these spaces have formed communities of people who are open to offer what they have, what they know and what they are, to help develop the entire entrepreneurial ecosystem without waiting for a direct reward. It is a new philosophy that we want to build the new model of entrepreneurship.

IASI – well represented at European level in the Outsourcing industry

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The city of IASI, CONDUENT and FAB LAB IASI  are nominees in the CEE Shared Services and Outsourcing Awards Gala, which will take place in Poland, Warsaw between 31st of January and 1st of February 2018.

The city of IASI is nominee in the section of “Emerging City of the Year – CEE (ex-Poland)”. The organizers of the gala have invited the Mr. Mihai Chirica, the Mayor of IASI, to be part of the jury and will also have the occasion to present in a special session the key attraction points of Iasi in front of the biggest players of the European IT & Outsourcing industry.

CONDUENT (, one of the region’s largest employers in this field, is nominee in both “BPO firm of the year – CEE” category and “Top Employer Branding Initiative” category, with the locations from IASI, Romania and LODZ, Poland.

Also, the FAB LAB IASI project ( ), the biggest coworking space in the region  is a nominee in the category of “Best University – Business cooperation of the Year” for the partnership with “Gheorghe Asachi” Technical University of Iasi.

We want to emphasize some of the Romanian nominations at this gala besides the above three: Allianz Technology – Actuarial Support Center (Most unique services provider – CEE), SSC Heroes with operations in Hungary, Poland and Romania (Top Recruitment Firm of the Year).

PIN Magazine, the magazine of the regional IT & Outsourcing industry ( is an event media partner and will cover this event for Romania.

CEE Shared Services and Outsourcing Awards Gala is at the 6th edition and will have as audience around 300 opinion leaders, with more than 50 being international firms interested in setting up or expanding their business services centres in central Europe. The awards gala will be preceded by a half-day Summit of discussion panels covering the shared services and outsourcing sector; break-out sessions with deep insights into specific issues driving the sector.

With both local and international media organizations present, the CEE Shared Services and Outsourcing Awards Gala also promotes the CEE region as a world-class business services destination for global companies operating across Europe, North America and Asia.

Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) is well-established as a world-class destination for Shared Services centres and BPO investment. With Poland the strongest location in the region, other countries such as Hungary, Czech Republic, Romania, Lithuania and Latvia are important investment destinations. Global shared services firms, business services projects and sector professionals will be presented with awards of acknowledgment – by an independent jury from the industry – for their contribution to the development of the business services sector in CEE for 2017.

More details about the gala on:

Coworking Spaces of Moldova – 1st Regional Meeting

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It is a privilege to host in Iasi on 26th of January 2018 at Fab Lab Iasi the first meeting of the coworking spaces from the region of Moldova. Participants will be members of the coworking spaces management or key opinion leaders.

So far, we have identified 5 locations from Iasi (RO), 5 from Chisinau (MD), 1 from Piatra-Neamt (RO), 1 from Bacau (RO) and 1 from Roman (RO).

We are still searching for coworking spaces from other important cities from the region: Suceava (RO), Galati (RO), Balti (MD), Comrat (MD), Odessa (UKR) and Cernauti (UKR). You can provide details regarding such locations on email Thx.

Full list here:

  • Fab Lab Iasi
  • The Grape Iasi
  • Hub Resilience Iasi
  • Hackerspace Iasi
  • Hubrica Iasi
  • Tekwill Chisinau
  • Armeneasca Coworking Space Chisinau
  • Generator Hub Chisinau
  • Dreamups Innovation Hub Chisinau
  • IHub Chisinau
  • Rubik Hub Piatra Neamt
  • Kult Hub Roman
  • Nest Hub Bacau

The event is here –

Photo credits – #Panovision

Impactul primelor trei luni de Fab Lab Iasi


În doar trei luni de la inaugurare, Fab Lab Iasi a sprijinit evenimentele și inițiativele tehnologice, coagulând comunitatea tehnologică din Iași într-un spațiu care a reunit comunități, profesioniști, studenți, profesori, companii, antreprenori, organizații, grupuri de inițiativă din domeniul tehnologic.

Echipa de arhitecti de la Miolk a obtinut   Premiul secţiunii Amenajări Interioare în cadrul Regionalei de Arhitectură Moldova 2017 pentru proiectul Fab Lab Iași.

Fab Lab a sprijinit 15 evenimente tehnologice care au avut ca și scop sporirea domeniului tehnologic: EBEC Challenge (BEST Iași), Masterclass și Hackathon Codecamp, RoboWare (organizat de Societatea Antreprenorială Studențească), Workshop-uri și Hackathon TechFest, Lansare Electromobility Continental.

Spațiul a găzduit 20 de întâlniri ale comunităților tehnologice din Iași. Exemple de astfel de comunități sunt: Iași Artificial Intelligence, Iași JavaScript, CoderDojo, People of Design, Digital Marketing Meetup, HR for IT, Club Fab Lab.

În timpul săptămânii dar mai ales în weekend am avut constant in jur de 200 de cursuri și seminarii de IT, robotică și inginerie, susținute de Școala informală de IT, Iris Robotics, Akademia Kids și AIESEC.

De asemenea, ONG-uri, fundații sau diverse grupuri de inițiativă au găsit sprijin pentru organizarea a 30 de întâlniri și evenimente în Fab Lab Iași. Printre aceste organizații sunt Fundația Comunitară Iași, BEST Iași, AIESEC TUIași, AIESEC Iași, ASII, Civic Heroes, REDU, JCI.

Spațiul găzduiește în prezent o serie de rezidenți care desfășoară activități tehnologice, de IT sau inginerie.

Eforturile Fab Lab s-au îndreptat și către stabilirea de relații și parteneriate naționale și internaționale, care au ca și scop plasarea orașului Iași pe scena marilor jucători tehnologici. Astfel de inițiative demarate cu entități naționale și internaționale sunt Invest in Austria, organizat de Ambasada Austriei la București, Get ready for GDPR 2018, organizat de Ambasada Olandei la București, vizita delegației World Bank la Iași, Venture Cup Denmark. Totodată, am inițiat și schimburi de experiență între hub-uri precum Tekwill din Chișinău și ClujHub, urmând ca în 2018 să găzduim o conferință a spațiilor de co-working din regiunea Moldovei.

În ceea ce privește activitatea din lumea online și media, în cele trei luni de la apariție, Fab Lab Iași s-a bucurat de 40 de apariții media ce au făcut referire la spațiul de co-working, evenimente din Fab Lab sau la rezidenții săi. În social media, Fab Lab Iași are 2.800 de followeri pe Facebook si un reach maxim de aproximativ 70.000 persoane.

Companiile partenere care au sprijinit Fab Lab Iași prin sponsorizări sau echipamente sunt: Gemini CAD Systems,  SCC Services Romania, Preh, LeviNine, Continental, PINmagazine, Climatherm, Electra, AmbraSign, Wiron, Galaxy Design, Giros si SkyGroup Facility.

Prin sprijinirea a mai mult de 250 evenimente, întâlniri și activități în aceste trei luni, Fab Lab s-a bucurat de un număr aproximativ de 4.500 de persoane care i-au trecut pragul.

În anul ce urmează, Fab Lab plănuiește să își crească impactul prin atragerea a mai multe evenimente și activități din domeniul tehnologiei dar și a antreprenoriatului precum: etapa națională a competiției EBEC Challenge, competiția de antreprenoriat Venture Cup, Start-up Weekend, competiția Electromobility, etapa regională a competiției de robotică First Tech Challenge și multe alte întâlniri și evenimente de profil.

Pentru mai multe detalii puteti vizita 

Reportaj StartupCafe despre Fab Lab Iasi

Reportaj realizat de Adi Iacob,

Spațiul polivalent de lucru Fab Lab Iași funcționează ca o platformă care accelerează inovația și colaborarea în comunitatea tehnică din Iași.

Potrivit lui Dan Zaharia, economist cu peste 15 ani de experienţă în management, vânzări şi dezvoltare imobiliară și inițiatorul Fab Lab Iași, laboratorul digital a apărut din dorința de a crea un spațiu dedicat celor pasionați de tehnologie.

Intregul articol aici.

Traian Luca – speaker la prima conferință din seria organizată de Clubul Fab Lab Iași

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Traian Luca, CEO si co-fondator Gemini CAD Systems

Clubul Fab Lab Iasi este comunitatea adevăraților pasionați de tehnologie și inovație. A celor care nu vor doar să se joace în acest domeniu, ci să devină antreprenori, creatori de startup-uri. A celor care au curaj să dezvolte povești de succes, să facă în Iași lucruri relevante la nivel global.
Dacă te regăsesți în cele de mai sus, devino si tu membru al Clubului Fab Lab Iasi
Pentru coagularea acestei comunități, am gândit o serie de conferințe cu cei mai relevanți antreprenori din domeniul tehnologiei din regiune. Aceia care ies mai rar în public, însă fac o mulțime de lucruri uimitoare.
Spre deosebire de alte întâlniri din spațiul public, această serie a Club Fab Lab Iasi are un caracter exclusivist. Accesul se face pe bază de invitație nominală, care se câștigă în urma unei selecții de intenții de participare.
Pentru prima ediție, care se va desfășura Joi, 23 Noiembrie, ora 18.00, Clubul Fab Lab Iasi îl are ca invitat pe Traian Luca, CEO și co-fondator al Gemini CAD Systems.
Concret, cine dorește să participe la aceste evenimente va completa un formular disponibil online – Acolo va explica de ce se consideră îndreptățit să fie admis (studii de specialitate, proiecte la care a participat, interes pentru acest subiect).
Participanții vor fi stabiliți de către reprezentanții Fab Lab Iasi, în limita locurilor disponibile. Accesul celor selectați este gratuit.