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Rhyze Ventures

Rhyze cultivates entrepreneurial spirit of women in Guelph and Wellington County

Program Info

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 Tags

Women Grant Funding Entrepreneurs

Application Deadline

February 28, 2022

Time Commitment

12+ hours of workshops and advisor meetings per month

Start Date

May 2022

Number of Sessions

Group sessions run 2 afternoons per month


  • Majority of business owned by a woman.


Rhyze Talks with Kristel Manes

BCGW Executive Director, Kristel Manes, talks talks about when the Rhyze Project came from and why it's so important to our Community.

About Rhyze Ventures

Program Outcomes

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. 

  • 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

What You Will Learn

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.

Program Restrictions

Applicants must be: 

  • Women at any stage of business in Southwestern 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


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