The Rhyze Award2018-05-10T19:36:27+00:00
Rhyze Award

Submissions for the 2018 Rhyze Awards are now closed

Women are not adequately represented in the business world. In Guelph and Wellington County, less than 20% of businesses are owned by women. And we know that number can and should be higher.

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.

The Rhyze Award is the first program to emerge from research completed on the The Rhyze Project.


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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:
  • Women who want to start or develop a business in Guelph/Wellington County
  • Possess entrepreneurial spirit and passion
  • 30 years of age or older
  • Submit a completed application form
  • Not a previous recipient of The Rhyze Award
  • Commitment to share their business journey as part of evaluation activities and future Rhyze Project initiatives

Key Dates

Application Period: March 26th – April 26th, 2018

Application Information Sessions: April 11th, 4pm-6pm (at Innovation Guelph – 111 Farquhar St., Guelph, 3rd Floor)

Applicants will be notified by: May 7th 

Pitch Camp: May 23rd, 5:00pm-6:30pm (at Innovation Guelph – 111 Farquhar St., Guelph, 3rd Floor)

Pitch Competition & Award Night: June 14th, 6:00pm-9:00pm

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 on May 23rd 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. Cash award amounts may vary from the amount requested at the discretion of the judges.

How to Apply

Apply Online

Click the link below to go to our online application form page.
Complete the form, press submit and you’re done!

Applications are closed

Apply by in person or by email

Print a copy of the 2018 Application & Information package. Submit a completed version to our office between 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday. (Our office is located on the 3rd floor at 111 Farquhar Street, Guelph, Ontario.)

You can also send a scanned copy of the completed application form by email to Diana Train at

Applications are closed

Founding Sponsor


Interested in sponsoring the 2018 Rhyze Award? We’d love to hear from you

Program Partners

The Trillium Foundation
Innovation Guelph
Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs