The Rhyze Award


To learn about how we’re celebrating our 2016 Rhyze Award Winners click here!

Written and performed by Beth Anne Ellipsis, Founder, Guelph Spoken Word.

Directed and produced by Blair Cameron.

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.

For updates, follow us on Twitter @therhyzeproject

Who the Rhyze Award is for

We’re proud of the business support we were able to provide to women through the Rhyze Award in 2015. This year our focus is to support women who have just begun or are still developing their business idea.

Investments in Rhyze Award applicants will be smaller in order to assist as many women as possible on their business journey.

If you’re a woman in Guelph or Wellington County with entrepreneurial spirit and a small business or business idea, we encourage you to apply! Please note that all Rhyze Award recipients must meet the eligibility requirements listed below.


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

Application and Review Process

Complete and submit the 2016 Rhyze Award application by May 15, 2016.
  1. Applications will be reviewed by an unbiased panel of volunteers from the Guelph-Wellington County business community.
  2. The volunteer panel will select the top 25 applications. These finalists will be invited to participate in an exclusive event in June 2016 where they’ll have the opportunity to network with other finalists, business coaches and industry specialists in order to refine their business idea and application prior to final review by the selection committee.
  3. The selection committee will review the top 25 applications and choose 10 to receive a 2016 Rhyze Award, including cash and business mentoring. Actual cash amounts will be awarded at the discretion of the committee based on amount of funding available.
  4. Winners will receive their awards and be celebrated at a community event in September 2016.
  5. Winners will participate in ongoing mentoring opportunities for 2016/2016. Winners are also expected to be an advocate for the Rhyze Award program, assisting in community engagement by sharing their business journey for future Rhyze Project initiatives.

Need help with with your application?

Join us for an application information session on May 12th from 4pm – 6pm at Innovation Guelph (111 Farquhar St. -3rd Floor)

Key Dates

Application Period: April 15 to May 15, 2016
Application Information Sessions: May 12, 4pm-6pm at Innovation Guelph (111 Farquhar St. -3rd floor)
Application Review: May 15 – 30, 2016
Top 25 Event: Early June 2016
Top 10 Announced: June 2016
Community Celebration and Award Ceremony: September 2016
Peer Mentor Circles: September 2016 – August 2017

How to Apply

The application period for the 2016 Rhyze Awards has closed. To keep in touch about future Rhyze award and Rhyze Project news you can follow us on twitter @therhyzeproject

Interested in sponsoring the 2016 Rhyze Award?

We’d love to hear from you

Program Partners

Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs logo

Founding Sponsor

Meridian Credit Union