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.
CEED 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.
CEED 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.
SEAF 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.
With 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.
CEED Bulgaria was established in 2005 as the first CEED center in SouthEastern Europe.
Nikolay Yarmov, Co-founder and Executive Director
Nikolai Yarmov is the Co-founder and Executive Director of CEED Bulgaria since 2005. Mr. Yarmov has over 20 years of experience in finance, development of small and medium enterprises, micro-credit, equity and financial guarantee mechanisms. During his work in the USAID Mission in Bulgaria, as a senior adviser for enterprise development, he has proven experience in implementing programs in business for more than $ 50 million. In recognition of his professionalism and achievements, Mr. Yarmov has numerous honors and awards from the US State Department and USAID. Since 2015 Nikolai Yarmov is a Board Member at the European Microfinance Network in Brussels. Mr. Yarmov continuously supports the growth and development of SMEs in Bulgaria and the region through consultancy, participation in international conferences, trainings provided by CEED and many other projects to help young entrepreneurs in their early stage development.
Nadya Tasheva, Project Manager
Nadya Tasheva joined the CEED Bulgaria team in 2008. Ms Tasheva has a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Sofia University. As a CEED expert, Ms Tasheva has participated in numerous trainings, seminars and other public events related to the development of small and medium business, entrepreneurship and other forms of business initiatives. She has over 8 years experience in leadership and management of various types of projects, as well as providing consultancy services for a wide range of users. Her expertise in CEED is related to activities promoting entrepreneurship; mentoring and coaching; organizing and conducting business training, conferences, seminars and meetings for exchange; leadership and project management; building and maintaining relationships with various public and private institutions and organizations – contributing to the expansion and strengthening of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Bulgaria and the EU.