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Rhyze Ventures

Rhyze cultivates entrepreneurial spirit of women in Guelph and Wellington County

Rhyze Ventures is a custom-designed program created by women entrepreneurs, for women entrepreneurs. We have crafted a balance of in-class learning, practical hands-on project work, mentorship, and peer-to-peer networking to address your biggest business challenges, push your boundaries, and see you through to implementation.

Program Info

Who is this Program For?

  • Women at any stage of business in Southwestern Ontario
  • Live in Ontario
  • Are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Ready to take their business to the next level
  • Committed to powerful leadership within their companies & communities
  • Unsatisfied with the status-quo
*This program is designed for women entrepreneurs specifically

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Program Start Date

August 2021

Registration Deadline

May 31, 2021

Session Info

12 session(s).

Afternoons 1 to 5 PM, additional information will be included in the orientation webinar.
The next session will run from August 2021 to March 2022


In response to COVID-19, Rhyze Ventures program delivery is offered virtually for the safety of clients, mentors, staff, and industry specialists. While the program began with in-class sessions, delivery will remain in an online environment.

All education modules are offered online via Zoom with special attention given to participatory best practices. Group networking, check-ins, and project work with industry specialists and advisors are virtual, however there may be optional in person events as public health guidelines evolve. Flexibility and agility have been relied upon to accommodate the current situation and the safety of all will be our priority as we move into the post-COVID timeframe.

  • Eight months of part-time education modules (six hours/month) led by subject matter experts and seasoned business leaders
  • Small group mentorship meetings with a thoughtfully matched mentor committed to supporting your leadership and non-technical skill development
  • Hands-on project work with industry specialists to help you develop and implement a tailor-made project to move your business forward
  • Building networks that can last a lifetime with like-minded women who aspire to having a big impact
  • The chance to pitch for cash awards or investments up to $25,000 (distributed through a radical generosity approach piloted by SheEO
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Program participants are placed into one of our three streams that best suits their business type, sector, challenges, and goals.

Small Business:
  • New and established businesses
  • Focused on local/regional markets
  • Growing or refining your product or service
  • Service or product focused
  • This stream is hosted by the Business Centre Guelph Wellington, with over 20 years of experience in starting and growing local small businesses.
Scalable Business:
  • New and established businesses
  • Focused on STEM, agri-Innovation and cleantech sectors
  • Growth and/or export-oriented
  • This stream is hosted by Innovation Guelph; fostering innovation in Guelph since 2011 and specializing in high-potential startups and small to medium-sized enterprises ready to scale.
Social Enterprise:
  • New and established businesses
  • Local, regional, or global markets
  • Committed to using business to solve social or environmental problems.
  • This stream is hosted by GreenHouse, a community for innovators who want to create social and environmental change and the Waterloo Region Small Business Centre, that has helped businesses grow in Waterloo Region since 2005.
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