Opening of Skopje Hub - an innovative business accelerator in Skopje

Media release, 22.02.2016

Katharina Stocker, Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Switzerland gave a speech at the opening of Skopje Hub on 17th February. The hub is an innovative co-working space and business accelerator in Skopje, opened within the USAID's Micro and Small Enterprises Project, co-funded by the Switzerland through the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO). The project is implemented by the Center for Entrepreneurship and Executive Development (CEED) Macedonia.

Skopje Hub opening

The Hub Skopje is an innovative and inspirational working environment for early phase entrepreneurs and companies, free-lancers, and individuals who would like to start their own businesses.  It will provide: a working environment – desk, conference room, access to internet and meeting space; access to information; access to knowledge; access to potential partners, clients, and markets – through business-to-business and networking events; access to funding – pitching in front of CEED Business Angels Club; and support from professionals for innovative and creative thinking – advice from innovation specialists and business management consultants.

In his remarks, USAID Mission Director Stein said, "The Hub was created with the kind of collaborative spirit it hopes to foster. I congratulate all our partners today: USAID's Micro and Small Enterprises Project, implemented by CEED and co-funded by the Swiss Government that provided the financing. Mladi Info is helping us reach younger entrepreneurs and the Global Impact Hub network will help us provide top notch services.”  

“In order to ensure successful start of Hub Skopje, Switzerland will support it in the forthcoming months to further develop their mentorship and acceleration programmes, learning from very experienced international mentoring experts and accelerator owners, provided through the SECO Entrepreneurship Programme” stated the Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Switzerland Ms. Stocker in her address.