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Reportaj StartupCafe despre Fab Lab Iasi

Reportaj realizat de Adi Iacob, StartupCafe.ro

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.

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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 https://www.facebook.com/groups/ClubFabLabIasi/
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 – https://goo.gl/forms/3tzexMLaYMxNSJGh2. 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.

Lansarea primului accelerator de startup-uri de IT din Iași

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Sâmbătă, la Codecamp, cea mai mare conferință de IT din România, a avut loc lansarea TBNR Iași Startup Accelerator.

TBNR Accelerator va identifica, selecta și oferi susținere în faza inițială de business acelor startup-uri de IT din Iași care au în spate echipe motivate și idei de business scalabile, cu potențial de creștere rapidă. Vom face primele investiții în startup-urile cele mai promițătoare, în timp ce le vom ajuta să crească, să-și rafineze produsul, să își găsească piața și să se pregătească pentru următoarele runde de investiții.

Selecția oficială a startup-urilor va demara la început de 2018 însă membrii acceleratorului sunt prezenți în comunitatea locală și aproape de evoluțiile din IT-ul ieșean, constant interesați de startup-uri cu potențial.

TBNR Accelerator este o inițiativă privată a 6 profesioniști din IT-ul și mediul antreprenorial ieșean: Andrei Postolache, Florin Cardașim, Gabriel Enea, Cristi Bârlădeanu, Dan Nicola și Bogdan Băianu.

Fondul de investiții a fost format prin contribuția a 20 de investitori individuali, persoane fizice, membri marcanți ai comunității de IT și business din Iași și nu numai. Niciunul dintre ei nu are mai mult de 10% din fond și toți banii sunt privați, permițând investiții flexibile și care urmăresc un singur scop: performanța și ambiția echipelor pe care le vom susține.

TBNR Accelerator, al cărui nume vine de The Best Never Rest, își va urmări cu determinare scopul de a contribui la apariția unor povești de succes de talie mondială în IT-ul ieșean. Suntem convinși de potențialul orașului și dorim să stimulăm și noi curajul și dăruirea celor care vor să pornească pe cont propriu pentru a construi produse de impact.

Mai multe despre noi pe site-ul acceleratorului – http://tbnr.ac.

Prima conferinta de Corporate Wellbeing din Romania

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Asadar, alături de Amalia Sterescu și Birouri Vii organizăm prima conferință de Corporate Wellbeing din România.

Din ce în ce mai multe companii investesc în spații de birouri deosebit de frumoase dar oare este suficient un spațiu de birouri modern decorat ca să întreții starea de bine a angajaților? Este asta suficient ca sa-i loializezi? Ca să-i reții în organizație? Cum rămâne cu modalități de control al stresului angajaților? Cu implicarea managerilor în starea de bine și confort a angajaților? Cu presiunea competitivității? Cu absența proceselor de suport gen coaching sau mentoring? Cu comunicarea internă defectuoasă? Poate un office modern cu spații de relaxare să îmbunătățească ceea ce mai nou numim ”corporate wellbeing”?

Vă propunem în premieră o dezbatere despre strategii de corporate wellbeing, despre adaptarea spațiilor de birouri la nevoile noii generații de angajați, despre cele mai recente practici de HR de reducere a stresului angajaților și incurajării stării de bine, despre echilibru la locul de munca!

Vă invităm așadar la prima Conferință de Corporate Wellbeing care va avea loc la Iași, joi, 9 noiembrie 2017, în intervalul orar 18:00-21:00 la Fab Lab Iasi.

Detalii despre conferință aici (înscriere, preturi etc.) http://www.amaliasterescu.ro/corporate-wellbeing-conference/

Ne vor fi alături arhitecți, specialiști în Real Estate , directori de HR dar și alți profesioniști care vin cu o perspectivă nouă în zona de Corporate Wellbeing!

Un IASI activ

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HIpark mixed-use project in IASI (Romania)

Dacă e să mă uit pe calendarul lunii septembrie, văd un IAȘI reactivat, in conditiile in care inca nu a inceput anul universitar.
  • 21.000 mp de noi birouri moderne anuntate in #HIpark, primul proiect mixt (rezidential + office) din Iasi conceput de la bun inceput in vederea certificarii ca si cladiri verzi
  • 6 septembrie – inaugurarea birourilor 3Pillar Global Romania
  • 7-9 septembrie – Iasi Trophy Rally
  • 8-10 septembrie – Festival La Vie 2017
  • 13 septembrie – extinderea birourilor Endava
  • lansari de noi programe la Scoala Informala de IT – Iasi
  • 20 septembrie – deschiderea oficială a birourilor CRF Health
  • publicarea de noi video-reportaje pe platforma Birouri Vii
  • 22 septembrie – evenimentul exclusivist Gemini Summer Log Out
  • lansarea nr. 6 din #PINmagazine, revista industriei regionale de IT & Outsourcing
  • inaugurarea Fab Lab Iasi, laborator de antreprenoriat, transfer de cunostinte, spatiu de conferinte si coworking
  • 29 septembrie – deschiderea a trei laboratoare noi la Facultatea de Informatica cu sprijinul celor de la Levi9 IT Services, Centric IT Solutions Romania si Continental Automotive, Iasi
Urmează o toamnă bogată in evenimente de tehnologie (ex. Codecamp Romania, Testcamp.ro, TechShift 2017, TechFest Iasi, GDG DevFest Romania 2017), participarea unei delegatii din Iasi la Expo Real Munchen si cel mai probabil anunturi de mari proiecte de birouri care sa hraneasca acest segment in crestere.
Daca vin si la pachet si o legislatie de stimulare a cladirilor verzi in Iasi, noi spatii de conferinte de peste 1.000 de participanti, noi statii de incarcare masini electrice si vesti bune despre dezvoltarea Aeroportului, vom fi stiind deja ca suntem pe un fagas bun de dezvoltare al comunitatii noastre.

IASI – 21.000 sq.m new green office premises in HIpark mixed use project, an investment of 39 million euros

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HIpark mixed-use project in IASI (Romania)

Article published in Ziarul Financiar, Ziarul de Iasi and Wall-Street.ro

ROPHARMA announces the launch of a new mixed use project of offices and residential, with a full range of services and retail space, the estimated investment being amount to approximately 39 million EUR.

Ms. Lori COLLIN, the project coordinator together with B23T and Brown & Marinescu Consulting, have created for IASI a project based on the needs of the large office spaces (2670 square meters per floor), updated according to the current and future needs of the tenants, with a residential building with large studios or 2 – 3 rooms (“smart home” type) that combine space “Living” and “Working” with multiple features such as kindergarten, bicycle track, car park for electric ones, cafes and multiple green areas.

The HIpark is a project designed to be truly institutional quality mixed use project, residential, retail-services and office buildings, a development to be recognized as a first mixed-use asset in Iasi, one of the landmark prime assets in Romania. There are two independent structures: the Office Building (GF+ 1 level + 7 floors above ground, GLA 21.200 sq.m) and the Residential Building (GF + 9 floors above ground, 9.500 sq.m).

“We presented to ROPHARMA a personalized project, after the meetings we had in Iasi with multinational companies, that emphasize the importance of time spent at the office of the employee, and the needs of his personal life. We wanted to respect the rules but it comes with a cutting edge in terms of design and technology”, said Lori COLLIN.

The HIpark is located in IASI’ s most dynamic business corridor, near Bucsinescu intersection, next to Sfântu Lazar Street and Tudor Vladimirescu Boulevard, the preferred location for multinational occupiers and international investors between two main commercial areas, next to the University campus and in a highly dense residential area.

“We build because we want to be a model in IASI to show that people can live and work in a friendly, sustainable and modern environment” , Lori COLLIN said. “We want to launch this project in the spring of the 2018, together with all the endorsements and we are looking meanwhile for a co-sponsor, preferably with the role and with knowledge of a real estate developer, to make the joint perfect of ROPHARMA’S strong financial position and the know-how came from a partner as a developer.”

In the last three years, the city of IASI has become a pool of domestic and foreign investments in Outsourcing and IT&C Services, focusing on new working conditions, real estate developments at international standards in office buildings, shopping malls even in the residential segment.

With a current office stock of 235,000 sqm (according to PINMaps), Iasi ranks third after Timisoara and Cluj in terms of real estate development, but only second after Cluj in the top of the more successful cities and the fastest growing IT&C.

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The HIpark concept is the first project in Iasi with multiple mixed functions – called mixed use, which has a contemporary approach. We combine efficiency from the office area (over 2.670 square meters per floor), with a modern, smart and green lifestyle.

From the beginning, HIpark was designed for the needs of the city. Both the employee and the tenant, which can also be the same person, will have a pleasant, balanced and modern way of living. Because the needs of the tenant from IASI are not the ones from the past (they want spaces of over 2.000 square meters, with low and controlled consumption, natural light in multifunctional spaces) the architects have been conceived a floor plan with various options, for all types of tenants.

Cycling track goes directly to the ground floor of the building to the special area for parking, lockers and showers. For the fit employees or for the habitants of the residential units we have the first running track that goes to the gym of the building, but from the external area of the first floor to provide a different atmosphere. For those with kids, we have prepared a part of the ground floor as a kindergarten and after school, so parents can be close to their children at all time.

Business restaurants, small co­ffee places, a bakery, a bank, a pharmacy, a medical clinic, a bicycle store or a dry cleaning make urban life feel easier and balanced. The parking places are prepared for the normal and electric cars, but also for the bicycles.

The modern office buildings are becoming the new software and outsourcing factories – engine for economic development of IASI for the regional community of the metropolitan area of IASI.

ROPHARMA is a pharmaceutical company listed Bucharest Stock Exchange (BVB). The current capitalization of the company is 188 million lei and the consolidated value of the fixed assets is 148 million lei. Consolidated equity as of 30th of June 2017 amounted to 158 million lei. Ropharma has two pharmaceutical production facilities (GMP standards) and food supplements and one production facility of powdered milk. It also holds an important part at a private hospital in Brasov, designated by the World Health Organisation in 2013 as the cleanest hospital in Europe.

Article published also in Outsourcing Today, PINmagazine, Transilvania BusinessThe Diplomat and Outsourcing Advisors.

 

IT Business Destination: IASI

Article by Andreea Per published in „be BlueAir” magazine

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Although the Romanian IT market is concentrated in Bucharest, alongside Cluj and Timisoara, Iasi is starting to make a name for itself as an extremely attractive pole for this market. Ziarul de Iasi newspaper published an analysis in which it was stated that the total turnover of IT&O companies present in the city was 465 million euros in 2015.

We wanted to share with you more info on this emerging city so we asked Extind, the creators of PIN Map Iasi (www.pinmapiasi.ro) to help us gather it. PIN Map Iasi is a map that gathers office spaces and noteworthy initiatives in the IT&O local industry (airports, international flights, co-working spaces, conference rooms, etc).

IT Outsourcing

Multinational companies such as Amazon, Xerox, Conduent, Continental, Centric, Capgemini, CRF Health, Endava, GoDaddy, Levi9, Mind Software, Oracle, Preh and many others have chosen to come to Iasi and benefit from the large number of specialists here in order to create software and deliver high quality services at low costs.

“These companies chose Iasi due to a number of factors: a wide talent pool in the research and development area, an open-minded university, local authorities that support investments that slowly turn Iasi into a green city and last but not least, the available stock of modern office buildings”, says Dan Zaharia, senior consultant at Extind.

“The great reputation of the engineers from Iasi and the existence of the international airport were two of the important factors that convinced us to open Preh’s second engineering center in Romania here’’ said Jochen Ehrenberg, director for Product Development and Production at Preh.

Startups and Romanian companies here

We also asked Florin Cardasim, co-founder of the Codecamp community (www.codecamp.ro) to give us a number of examples of succesfull Romanian IT companies here:

  • Romsoft, founded in 2001, develops custom software applications
  • Gemini CAD Systems, a leading global supplier of technology for industries working with soft flexible materials such as textile, composites or leather
  • SABS Software, outsourcing company for software solutions
  • Intelligent Bee, a custom software development company

As for recent start-ups, we wanted to find out from Raluca Apostol, the co-founder of Marionette Studio what is the formula they used going on their own: “Having gathered over 10 years of experience in reputable software companies as employees, we decided, together with Bogdan Apostol and Adrian Pironescu ,  to create an innovative product, an animation browser software and this is how Marionette Studio was born (http://marionettestudio.com). As we actually base our product on AI to automate the animation process, we could have started this business anywhere in the world. We decided to do it here, in our hometown.’’  It does look like the standard start-up formula, gather experience somewhere else and then, when good enough, start a business and innovate.

Human Resources 

With 1,100 IT graduates per year, Iasi is placed third in the country alongside Timisoara in respect of the graduate output in the IT industry (after Bucharest and Cluj). However, if we are to refer to the number of graduates in technical fields in general, Iasi is, after Bucharest, the largest training centre  (6,624 in 2015). These are joined in the employment industry by students from other neighboring university cities such as Suceava and Bacau. These numbers, nevertheless, fail to tell the entire story, as we should also mention a significant number of students who, hired during their studies, end up abandoning school and focusing solely on their jobs. If we count those graduating from adjacent fields ( economics, languages etc) and those graduating from professional reconversion schools like the IT Informal School (www.scoalainformala.ro ) the annual output adds up to 2800 people.

The relatively large number of students who graduate each year is not enough for the market demand, which has determined employers to compete in offering their prospective employees a wide range of benefits apart from a competitive salary. When we spoke with Raluca Ene, Managing Director of Chapter 4, one of the most successful Public Affairs, Corporate Communications, Employer Branding and Brand PR in Romania, she mentioned “I gladly noticed on my latest visit to Iasi an extremely high level of employer branding activities (Ed. Employer branding = a cumulation of attributes and qualities of an employer which differentiate it by its culture). Due to the high demand of employees on the market, companies have developed innovative campaigns which any European employer would boast about. I’m glad to see that in Iasi, the huge benefit of such campaigns has pushed employers to develop very creative hiring campaigns. ‘’

A durable and long-term solution for the lack of sufficient employees in the industry however is the establishment of public-private partnerships focused on the high-level training of a much larger number of students and also on keeping them in Iasi by offering them higher living standards.

Required Improvements

As mentioned above, a soft spot in the development of this industry is the tendency of IT specialists in the N-E region to migrate to other more developed countries or regions in Romania, however, the creation of an entrepreneurship environment and the focus on attracting higher added value outsourcing services can allow companies to attract and keep talented people in the region.

One of the weak points that further slow down the development of this area is the lack of infrastructure in the north-eastern part of the country, which prevents the access of potential international partners, investors or clients there. A telling example is the limited number of flights from Iasi to Bucharest, Europe and connections with the rest of the world. That is why, through the new routes offered from and to Iasi with Blue Air, we would like to offer several such possibilities and to actively help in developing this high potential area.

Conclusion

IT entrepreneurship should be stimulated in Iasi by public and private measures and the increased added value of the IT outsourcing services here will lead to the sustainable development of this sector. A strong community is essential for attracting investors and for the consolidation of the IT industry and not by chance, the strongest and most vibrant IT communities in the country, Codecamp,  has been created here.