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.
ESTABLISHING CEED MOLDOVA
CEED Moldova is an affiliated Center to companies ProConsulting and Business Advisory Centre (NGO). CEED Moldova is part of the CEED Global network, part of the SEAF organization, which through various development programs provides access to know-how and business contacts that entrepreneurs need to accelerate their business development and promote an entrepreneurial culture internationally.
CEED began its activity in Moldova on the 19th of June 2013, when it was officially launched.
Country Director CEED Moldova, Co-founder and Director „ProConsulting”, Co-founder and Executive Director „BAC” („Business Advisory Center”)
Education – bachelor in Finance and Insurance, Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova (2001), Master in Business and Administration (MBA) Newport University, UJSC (2008)
Experience –experience of working in the banking system, more than 12 years experience in managing and consulting of national and international projects for private business development and access to finance, experience in non-governmental organizations and project management for projects in SME development in Moldova (IFAD, RISP , PASET, UNDP, USAID), experience in development of industrial parks, experience in start-up and business development, feasibility studies and investment projects, SMEs lending, almost 10 years of active experience as an investor in launching businesses in field of services, pharmaceutical, production of construction materials industries, corporate business trainings
Areas of expertise – project management, strategic and operational management, access to finance and investment, business planning and financial management, regional development and Public Private Partnerships
Certificates – Expert in analysis of investment projects and financial analysis of the company, (Alt Invest Russia), Expert in Balanced Scorecard (BSC), optimization and reengineering of business processes (Business Studio Russia), Internal auditor in quality management systems according to ISO 9001:2008 (Certind Romania, C & I Moldova)
Associated Partner/Deputy Director „ProConsulting”
Education – bachelor in Business Administration, Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova (2000), Ph.D. candidate in Economy and Management.
Experience - managing and consulting international, national and regional projects for development of private business, working experience in non-governmental organizations, organizing and managing consulting project on strategic and operational management, organizational development, performance systems (Balanced Scorecard and KPI), elaboration and reengineering of business processes, corporate business trainings
Areas of expertise – strategic and operational management, Management performance systems (Balanced Scorecard and KPI), Business Process Management
Certificates – expert in Balanced Scorecard (BSC), optimization and reengineering of business processes (Business Studio Russia), internal auditor in quality management systems according to ISO 9001:2008 (C & I Moldova)
Cartofeanu Carolina, graduated of Political Science International Relations and European Studies Faculty (“Lucian Blaga” University from Sibiu, Romania), European certificate possessor in “Project Manager” accredited by the National Council for Adult Vocational Training from Romania, with right to practice this occupation In European Union countries.
More than 7 years of experiences in NGO’s, she considers always a duty to give something back to the community which contribute to her personal and professional formation.
Carolina considers that involvement in civic activities changed her life and helped her in professional formation, giving the motivation, determination and courage to achieve the desired ideals.
Logistics and Communications Coordinator CEED Moldova
Education – Bachelor in Human Resource Managment, Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova
Experience – training, PR, public speaking, event management, project management