WHO WE ARE
CEED strives for a world where entrepreneurs have the tools and support they need to spur innovation, create jobs, and build thriving economies.
MISSIONCEED drives economic growth by developing, connecting and mentoring entrepreneurs to strengthen their businesses so they can create jobs and in turn accelerate economic prosperity. Building a community of entrepreneurs is paramount in our approach.
APPROACHCEED not only provides entrepreneurs business know-how through its accelerator programs but also connects participants to mentors and a community of entrepreneurs that can help take their small businesses to next level. The holistic combination of market connections, community engagement, capacity building and access to capital set CEED apart.
ABOUT SEAFSEAF is an investment management group that provides growth capital and business assistance to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in emerging and transition markets underserved by traditional sources of capital. Through our network of investment funds around the world, we invest in entrepreneurs seeking to build successful businesses, hoping to realize both returns to our investors and strong development impact in local communities.
ESTABLISHING CEEDWith over 20 years of experience in SME investing, +500 SME investments and 1000 technical assistance interventions in frontier and emerging market SMEs, SEAF is intimately aware of the challenges faced by entrepreneurs in the management of their businesses. SEAF found that entrepreneurs were generally not as equipped to deal with rapid business growth. They frequently lacked knowledge and tools to assess new markets and struggled to gain access to capital. Entrepreneurs also lacked the right networks with other entrepreneurs who had experience entering regional and international markets bringing their businesses to scale. CEED was created to address these challenges by enlisting successful entrepreneurs to mentor those looking to grow their businesses. CEED was developed using a peer to peer model where entrepreneurs would share their experiences, help others overcome challenges, and develop trust in others in the network.
ESTABLISHING CEED CENTER IN MACEDONIACEED Macedonia is part of an international network of entrepreneurial centers operating in Southeastern Europe. Office in Macedonia started in 2007 with a team of three employees. Today CEED Macedonia has 18 employees working on the design and implementation of management programs, and the implementation of various projects.
Regional Manager for Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Moldova
CEED Macedonia COO/CEED Hub Skopje Director
Elica Aleksova Najdovska
CEED Macedonia, Executive Director
CEED Club coordinator
Ana Trpovska holds a degree in pshychology from “St Cyril and Methodius University” in Skopje. She has over 10 years’ experience in the NGO sector in Macedonia and has been cooperating with many local and international organizations and companies on implementations of different activities and projects. She has also 3 years’ experience as a Project Manager in public opinion and market reserach industry. Her professional experience is mostly in the field of designing, planning, coordinating and managing projects’ implementation of different types (in Macedonia and the region), designing curricula for training programs on soft and business skills, organizing and delivering trainings, seminars, conferences, round tables and other types of public events as part of different project activities and partnerships in Macedonia and the region.
Elena Hadji Pecova
Finance & Accounting
CEED Club coordinator
CEED EDU coordinator
CEED Club Coordinator
CEED Club Assistant
Aleksandar Bogeski’s degree in economics at the University “St. Cyril and Methodius” in Skopje, Department of Accounting and Auditing. Has a one year experience in the organization and logistics of CEED Grow management programs.