In 2011, co-founders CEO Meridith Dennes and COO Kim Oksenberg
started Project Eve to help bring women to the resources and
people they required to build successful businesses and
business relationships. Project Eve is a dedicated social
media forum, allowing women to better understand their own
unique capabilities, needs and obstacles in a way that lets
them help one another across the board, and up the corporate
ladder. In business, it’s important to have potential
partnerships spread across the globe, and for many women, it
is advantageous and preferable to network together with other
When Meridith and Kim decided to focus more
on raising their families, they also decided to step away from
the corporate world to obtain the flexibility they needed.
They soon both discovered firsthand the personal and
professional isolation that can occur from working outside of
the traditional male-centered business environment. With this
came an epiphany: the digital-age meant isolation was no
longer an absolute for women in similar situations. Out of
this, Project Eve was born.
No Sharp Elbows is the slogan, as well as
philosophy behind Project Eve.
"The male-dominated start-up community can
be intimidating; it seems to thrive on competition and
bravado" says Kim, "Meridith and I wanted to create a safe,
positive, constructive forum for women to discuss and fully
develop their ideas before having to defend them."
After all in business, it’s always easier
to follow in someone’s footsteps if their footprints are
similar to your own.
Project Eve offers access to a "like-minded
global business network dedicated to furthering female
entrepreneurship." A member of Project Eve can "…create a
detailed business profile, learn more about other members, and
find new members who have the expertise they are looking for."
There are few other places where women have such opportunities
to join live forums and chat rooms related to the industry
they’re in or to learn about what other members are currently
doing. The site encourages blogging and shares business
resources such as webinars, site links, jobs boards and the
ability to feature a product, blog or women-headed business on
Project Eve as well as in the weekly online subscription
newsletter, Caffeine Break. There may soon even be an
opportunity to list in a cross-sector business directory on
the site, allowing women more freedom and ease in regards to
female-centered business networking. When women work at home,
there are precious few organizations for them to turn to for
answers or assistance. Project Eve changes the way members can
find and interact with one another. It’s a conference for and
about women-centered enterprise that’s open 24/ 7.
Meridith’s favorite story is their first
forum post. Meridith shares, "She was a writer who really
wanted to have her own website but kept getting stuck. Within
two days, 35 members of the community offered tips, tricks,
and free advice on how to create a website based on their own
experience. From that post we created our community forum
‘Help an Eve Out’ – Project Eve’s trusted forum for our
members to ask a question, start a discussion, share an idea,
provide constructive feedback."
Project Eve is currently in the process of
re-launching their website to better showcase their content
and to improve their member’s user interface and experience.
As Project Eve’s membership steadily grows, so does their
member’s ability to create, learn, co-operate and succeed.