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.
Preloader
AIRO
AlayaCare
Alchemy
Alert Labs
Alongside
AOBiome, LLC
Assembly
Bridgit
ChargeSpot
CheddarUp
ChefHero
Circle
Clearbanc
Conversio
DiAssess Inc.
Drop Loyalty
Exo
ExVivo
Foodworks
Giftbit
Greatist
GridCure
Hubdoc
Jiffy
Kettle & Fire
KOHO Financial
L-Nutra
Mama Earth Organics
Maple Hill Creamery
Maxwell Health
Medella Health
Mother Dirt
Naya Health
OpenCare
Paycase
PetPlate
Plastiq
Procurify
ProLon
Ranomics
Revlo
ROSS Intelligence
Sensibill
SnapTravel
Statflo
Switchboard
The Knowledge Society
Tickld
Acquired
Trak
Unhaggle Inc.
Vango
Vectr Labs Inc.
Well.ca
WOS Inc.
Zoocasa
4tell Solutions
Acquired

Senior Team

Founder & Managing Director

Jesse Rasch

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

In 2000, Rasch sold InQuent and WebHosting.Com to AT&T in a transaction that valued the company in excess of $350MM. In 2002, Rasch orchestrated a management team acquisition of InQuent from AT&T. Rasch successfully sold InQuent once more; it was merged with Network Solutions and is now part of publicly traded web.com.

VerticalScope, which Rasch co-founded, develops and acquires digital media and community properties visited by over 120,000,000 people per month. Torstar acquired 56% of VerticalScope in a 2015 transaction that valued the company at more than $400MM. 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 now the preeminent, science-based 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.

He has been featured in Time Magazine, The Globe & Mail, Canadian Business, The National Post, Network World, Macleans, and on CBC, CTV, Global, City-TV, BNN, and many other print, televised, and radio media. He was a founding member of the Canadian E-Business Opportunities Roundtable, a joint private and public sector advisory group on e-business in Canada.

Read archived essays on Venture Philanthropy, Angel Investing, & Entrepreneurship by Jesse Rasch.

President

Wayne Bigby

As President of Hedgewood Inc., Wayne fills a multi-dimensional role, including acting as general counsel for the related group of companies. He also takes on investment management responsibilities and provides strategic consulting to the Hedgewood portfolio companies.

Wayne is a proven senior executive and lawyer with over 25 years business experience, most recently as Executive Vice-President of Kingsdale Shareholder Service, a company involved in providing strategic consulting and other services to companies involved in takeover bids and proxy fights.

Prior to Kingsdale, Wayne was Editor-in-Chief of Lexpert, a division of Thomson Corporation, where he was responsible for the strategic direction of Lexpert Magazine and the Lexpert group of directories. He also founded law firm strategy and marketing consultant Lexoro Inc.

Wayne was formerly Executive Vice-President of private venture capital company Aprilis Ventures Ltd. where he additionally held executive positions within Aprilis portfolio companies including WebHosting.com, InQuent Technologies and VerticalScope.

Prior to Aprilis, Wayne practiced corporate law at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, specializing in mergers and acquisitions.

Wayne holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Toronto along with MBA and Bachelor of Science degrees from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario.

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8 Brentcliffe Road
Suite 200
Toronto, Ontario, M4G 3Y2
416-422-4828