Hedgewood focuses on making value-oriented investments. We have a flexible philosophy to investing and, as such, we tend to be nimble and opportunistic in our approach to implementing our investment strategy. We invest using our proprietary capital, which permits for longer investment horizons.

While we typically make direct investments on an individual or syndicated basis, we also invest with specialized funds. Depending on the opportunity and asset class, Hedgewood is prepared to make relatively small investments as well as significant equity commitments in any one transaction.

As a globally minded investor, Hedgewood actively pursues and engages in a wide variety of investment opportunities in Canada, the United States, and internationally.

Entrepreneurial Capital

with an exceptional record of value creation

Venture Capital

  • Consumer Internet / SaaS / IoT / Fintech
  • DTC Food & Consumer Health Products
  • Idea Incubation*

Healthcare Investments

  • Life Sciences / Rejuvenation Biotech
  • Wearable Tech / Digital Therapeutics
  • Synthetic Biology / Natural Products

Capital Markets

  • Hedge & Private Equity Funds
  • Cryptocurrencies / Hard Assets
  • Direct Investing / Managed Accounts

Finance

  • Mortgage & Construction Lending
  • Mezzanine / Specialty Financing
  • Litigation Finance / Invoice Funding

Private Equity

  • Buyouts & Business Acquisitions
  • Secondaries & Co-investments
  • Minority Investments in SME's

Real Estate

  • Retail / Office / Multi-Family
  • Residential Development
  • Farmland / Timberland

Illustrative Investments

Hedgewood invests across a wide variety of asset classes, including startups.
The following are representative investments in our portfolio.
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Senior Team

Founder & Managing Director

Jesse Rasch

Jesse Rasch Jesse Rasch is the co-founder and past CEO of WebHosting.com and InQuent Technologies. InQuent provided private label hosting solutions to telecommunications customers including AT&T, Comcast, Cox Communications, and Bell Canada. WebHosting.Com was one of the largest web hosting companies in the world.

In 2000, Rasch sold InQuent and WebHosting.Com to AT&T. In 2002, Rasch orchestrated a management team acquisition of InQuent from AT&T. Rasch successfully sold InQuent once more to a private equity fund.

VerticalScope, which Rasch co-founded, develops and acquires commerce and social communities visited by over 125,000,000 people per month. Torstar acquired 56% of VerticalScope in 2015 transaction. VerticalScope's publishing division, the Modified Automotive Group, was previously acquired by KKR in 2007.

In partnership with Dr. Michael Greger, Rasch incubated and established NutritionFacts.org in 2010, a non-profit healthcare site which is the preeminent resource for consumers and physicians to learn about plant-based nutrition. He established the Jesse & Julie Rasch Foundation in 2000 to invest in causes that reflect Rasch's broad charitable interests.

Rasch is a past recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. Read archived essays on Venture Philanthropy, Angel Investing, & Entrepreneurship by Jesse Rasch.

VP Finance

Greg Leung

As VP Finance, Greg ensures that Hedgewood and its related entities are in compliance with accounting, tax, banking, and statutory reporting requirements.

Prior to Hedgewood, Greg garnered over a decade of experience in public accounting, most recently as Audit & Assurance Manager for private enterprises at Richter LLP in Toronto.  Greg is a Chartered Professional Accountant, having earned his Canadian CPA (CA) designation in 2012.

VP Investments

Vinay Vishwanath

As VP Investments, Vinay is primarily responsible for leading due diligence and the investment analysis process at Hedgewood. He works closely with the Chairman in managing investment responsibilities and supporting Hedgewood portfolio companies.

Prior to Hedgewood, Vinay was at Northern Impact Investing Network (FKA Impact Angel Alliance), a Toronto based non-profit alliance working to identify and co-invest in startups that blend profit and purpose.

Vinay was formerly a Corporate & Investment Banking Analyst at Citibank Canada. Vinay holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Finance (Joint Honours) from McGill University.

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Toronto, Ontario, M5V 2H1
  416-422-4828