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.
with an exceptional record of value creation
- Consumer Internet / SaaS / IoT / Fintech
- DTC Food & Consumer Health Products
- Idea Incubation
- Life Sciences / Rejuvenation Biotech
- Wearable Tech / Digital Therapeutics
- Synthetic Biology / Natural Products
- Hedge & Private Equity Funds
- Commodities / Hard Assets
- Direct Investing / Managed Accounts
- Mortgage & Construction Lending
- Mezzanine / Specialty Financing
- Litigation Finance / Invoice Funding
- Buyouts & Business Acquisitions
- Secondaries & Co-investments
- Minority Investments in SME's
- Retail / Office / Multi-Family
- Residential Development
- Farmland / Timberland
Hedgewood invests across a wide variety of asset classes, including startups.
The following are representative investments in our portfolio.
Founder & Managing Director
Rasch founded WebHosting.com and InQuent Technologies. InQuent provided hosting solutions to telecommunications customers including AT&T, Comcast, Cox Communications, and Bell Canada. WebHosting.Com was one of the largest hosting companies in the world. Rasch sold the companies to AT&T. He later orchestrated a management team acquisition of InQuent from AT&T and successfully sold InQuent once more.
Rasch is a past recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. He is also the founding investor of VerticalScope (TSX:FORA), which develops and acquires commerce and social communities visited by over 100 million people per month.
Through his family foundation, he established NutritionFacts.org, the preeminent resource for consumers and physicians to learn about plant-based nutrition. It is one of the largest non-profit healthcare sites on the Internet.
Read archived essays on Venture Philanthropy, Angel Investing, & Entrepreneurship by Jesse Rasch.
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.
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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