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The Rhyze Award


The goal of The Rhyze Award is to create an opportunity that’s currently missing in our region: an award that will not only provide the funding women entrepreneurs need to finance their businesses, but the mentoring and support they need at key stages of their development to build and grow their businesses long term.

Who the Rhyze Award is for
The ideal recipient for an Rhyze Award is a woman entrepreneur with a new or existing business in Guelph or Wellington County facing growth challenges.
Recipients of the Rhyze Award must meet the complete eligibility requirements. Everyone who submits an application and meets the eligibility requirements will be invited to participate in mentoring opportunities, which may include peer mentoring circles, one-on-one mentoring, professional advice and business model coaching.

Eligibility Requirements

  • To be considered for the Rhyze™ Award, all applicants must meet the following criteria:
  • Woman entrepreneur
  • New or existing enterprise based in Guelph and/or Wellington County
  • Currently committing at least 20 hours a week to their business
  • Submitted a complete application
  • Not a previous recipient of the Rhyze™ Award
  • Commitment to share their business journey as part of evaluation activities and future Rhyze™ initiatives

Key Dates 2019

Application Period: March 26th – April 26th, 2019
Application Information Sessions: April 11th
Shortlisted applicants will be notified by: May 10th
Pitch Camp: May 16th, 5pm -6:30pm at Innovation Guelph
Pitch Competition & Award Night: June 6th, 6 pm-9 pm at Innovation Guelph

Application Review Process

Each application will be reviewed by a volunteer panel of experts.
Ten applicants will be selected to pitch to a panel of judges/experts for the Rhyze™ cash award. The chosen applicants will attend a Pitch Camp to receive coaching and support to refine their pitch prior to presenting to the judges.
The top pitches will receive a Rhyze™ cash award with a one-to-one matching low interest loan from Meridian Credit Union. The actual amount of the Rhyze™ cash award depends on the amount of funding available.


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