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
Elica Aleksova Najdovska
CEED Macedonia, Executive Director
CEED Club coordinator
Finance & Accounting
Manager – Program for development and processes
Vesna Kardalevska has 10-year experience in managing USAID funded projects. In the last 5 years, Vesna was conducting performance assessments of public institutions and professional associations, analyzing performance gaps, defining recommendations and designing and implementing improvement solutions packages.Her qualifications include project management, performance assessment, process and efficiency improvement, strategic planning, personnel development systems, performance management systems (Balanced Scorecard), volunteer management structure, team motivation and management , networking and client relationship management.Vesna has BA in English Language and Literature, MA in Southeast European Studies and MBA. Since 2011 Vesna is Certified Performance Technologist, by the American International Society for Performance Improvement. She is member of the European Conferences Committee at ISPI.
CEED Club coordinator
Ana Trpovska holds a degree in pshychology from “St Cyrylus and Methodius University” in Skopje. She has 10 years experience in the NGO sector, as well as 3 years experience as a Project Manager in public opinion research and market reserach industry.Her professional experience is mostly in the field of planning, developing, preparing and coordinating projects and reserach projects, designing training programs on soft skills and business skills, organizing and implementing trainings, seminars, conferences, round tables and other types of public events in Macedonia and the region. Ana has delivered several trainings on research methodology as well as skills for starting a business. She has participated in many trainings of trainers (general training skills and tehniques), trainings on research methodology, preparing and writing EU project proposals, project management, etc Currently she is a candidate for a PMP certification
CEED Club Assistant / logistics
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.
CEED EDU coordinator