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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

Boundless Accelerator
Boundless Accelerator™ offers unique programs and initiatives to support businesses from startup to scaleup for a strong, diverse, inclusive, sustainable economy. Since our inception in 2011 as Innovation Guelph, our award-winning programs have grown to serve 1,400+ entrepreneurs across Ontario and Canada who are building a strong, inclusive, equitable and sustainable economy. Accolades for our work include the University of Guelph’s Gordon S. Lang HeForShe Impact Award, the National Enterprise Support of the Year Award and the CANIE Enterprise Support of the Year award for advancing Canadian entrepreneurship through leadership and impact. Most recently, the Technology Councils of North America (TECNA) Innovation Awards recognized our i.d.e.a. Fund program for Innovation in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. Boundless Accelerator™ connects entrepreneurs with Regional Innovation Centres in Ontario for additional resources and strives to partner with like-minded organizations across Canada to further support and guide our clients to success. Based in Guelph, Ontario, we are in the heart of the Toronto-Waterloo Innovation Corridor, striving to create a future where entrepreneurship knows no limits.

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