Transformational Change for Women-led Business

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Push your leadership & your business to the next level

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.

A Note about COVID-19

Successful applicants are placed into one of our three streams that best suits their business type, sector, challenges, and goals:


  • 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


  • New and established businesses
  • Focused on STEM, Agri-Innovation & Cleantech sectors
  • Growth and/or export-oriented
  • Service or product focused
  • This stream is hosted by Innovation Guelph; fostering innovation in Guelph since 2011, specializing in high-potential startups and small to medium-sized enterprises ready to scale.


  • New and established businesses
  • Local, regional, or global markets
  • Committed to using business to solve social or environmental problems
  • This stream is hosted by the Waterloo Region Small Business Centre, which has helped businesses grow in Waterloo Region since 2005 and supported by GreenHouse, a community for innovators who want to create social and environmental change

Facilitated classes led by industry and research specialists covering the psychology of success, leadership skills, marketing, accessing capital, finance, decision making, operations, negotiation, conflict resolution and more!

Rhyze Ventures Core Components:

Core Components are: Education (12 sessions), Project Diagnostic & Implementation (Adise/guide through unique project), Mentorship (Focus on non-technical skills example: delegation)

Here’s how it works:

Course Dates and Locations:

A NOTE ABOUT COVID-19: In response to COVID19, Rhyze Ventures program delivery has been altered for the safety of clients, mentors, staff and industry specialists. While the program had began with in-class sessions and 1:1 meetings, we have pivoted to the online environment.

All education (former classroom sessions) have been moved to Zoom with special attention given to participatory best practices. Group networking have shifted to stream and group check-ins and project work is moving ahead nicely with industry specialists and advisors connecting with clients virtually. Clients and mentors are also meeting virtually. 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.

Here’s what you can expect from the program:

  • Classes lead by carefully selected subject matter experts and seasoned business leaders

  • Small group mentorship meetings with a carefully matched mentor invested in assisting with 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 with like-minded women, who are up to big things in this world, that can last a lifetime

  • The chance to pitch for cash awards or investments up to $25,000

The next cohort will run from October 2020 to June 2021. Apply online from July 15 to August 16, 2020

For further inquiries, please email us at

The richness of this program is made possible thanks to collaboration and contribution from all partners:

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