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Announcing the Rhyze Ventures Pitch Winners 2022

“We are thrilled to celebrate our third cohort participants who have all worked extremely hard over the last eight months! The pitch competition is a wonderful allows Rhyze Ventures participants to show off their hard work and passion, but my favourite part is watching the support radiate through the Rhyze Ventures community,” said Katherine Laycock, Rhyze Ventures program manager.

Innovation Guelph is grateful for the objective evaluation provided by the judging panel:

  • Colleen James, Principal Consultant & CEO of Divonify
  • Elizabeth Pringle, Associate Partner at EY
  • Kavita Srivastava, Fractional CFO, Mentor – She Raises Capital, and SheEO Activator
  • Sandra Hinojosa Verdin, Industrial Technology Advisor with the National Research Council Canada
  • Valerie Healy, Area Manager with TD Business Banking

The Rhyze & Shine event held virtually May 12 featured:

  • Keynote Speaker: Cheryl Haskett, CEO and Co-Founder of Udderly Ridiculous. Cheryl gave honest and inspiring advice for women entrepreneurs, including the importance of having a mentor (or several of them if you can), making peace with problems, aligning your values to your business, asking questions, approaching tough conversations and problems while sharing what she’s learned along the way.
  • Networking break out rooms
  • Pitch competition video
  • VIP guests including:
    • Lloyd Longfield, Our Member of Parliament (MP) for Guelph since 2015
    • Cam Guthrie, City of Guelph Mayor
    • Jennifer Monaco, Regional Manager, Women in Enterprise, Central Canada with TD Business Banking
    • Alison Crumblehulme, CEO Innovation Guelph

We congratulate our pitch winners and all  finalists who participated!

Small Business

Alice Grey – Mindful Monk

Tali Kellerstein – The Speak Boutique

Katie Skyvington – The Traveling Physio

Social Enterprise

Rebekah Churchyard – Green Care Farms Inc.

Kay Valley– HomeBanx

Sheila Boudreau– SpruceLab


Debbie Stanley – ETP Canada

Rhowena Adolfo Patel – Healing Mama Co.

Susan Snelling – Split Rail Brewing Company

Innovation Guelph
Innovation Guelph provides mentorship, programs and services to help innovative businesses start, grow and thrive. Serving Guelph, Wellington County and Southwestern Ontario, our novel business acceleration programs – including Speedway, Fast Lane, Fuel Injection and the Rhyze Project – support high-potential businesses from start-up to scale-up. Innovation Guelph also serves as a single point of access to Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE) resources. We empower entrepreneurs, build community partnerships, and foster initiatives to build an innovation ecosystem that drives lasting economic growth, supports environmental sustainability and enhances the quality of life for everyone in our region.

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