Impact

Since June 2014, VERGE Capital has catalyzed over $3.5 million in impact investing, shifting capital towards our community's most pressing social and environmental challenges. These investments have supported social enterprises in the food retail, consumer goods, education and social innovation sectors.

The impact of these investments includes providing access to training and employment for persons with disabilities, poverty alleviation, global access to educational materials and the only space in London designed to facilitate collaboration between social innovators. With over $40 billion of investable assets in our region, this is only the beginning.

Startup Fund

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Old East Village Grocer

Operated by ATN Access Inc. (a not for profit charitable organization), the Old East VIllage Grocer was VERGE Capital’s first investment. The OEV Grocer has a dual impact of providing training and employment to persons with disabilities and access to local, affordable food in an underserved neighbourhood.

For the Love of Laundry

Dignity Through Clean Clothes. For the Love of Laundry is a social enterprise that sponsors free laundry services for low income families and individuals in need. For the Love of Laundry funds these services through the sale of superior-quality, all natural laundry products.

Textbooks for Change

Textbooks for Change is a B Corporation that is dedicated to providing affordable and accessible educational material to students both locally and abroad. It is an innovative for-profit social enterprise that collects millions of dollars in used textbooks and repurposes them in several ways to create financial value and positive social impact around the world.

Momos at the Market

Momos at The Market is committed to serving freshly prepared food starting with natural, healthy & tasty ingredients while improving newcomer lives through job opportunities and training. Founder, Yam Gurung, is a dedicated social entrepreneur that is excited to grow Momos at their new location at the London Food Incubator and continue the growth of their Khaja Himalayan Granola products.

Cyber Smart Canada

Through in-person training, online webinars and training courses,Cyber Smart Canada is poised to be the #1 source in Canada for cyber safety tips to keep kids safe in our fast changing digital world. Dedicated to reaching 250,000 families by 2021, Cyber Smart is empowering Canadians to keep kids safe online.

Earmark

With every home purchase or sale through Earmark, 20% of your realtor’s commission is earmarked for donation to London “change makers”, invest in the fabric of the London community. In partnership with StreetCity Realty, founder Marla Marnoch is committed to building a vibrant, caring city.

Loko Sport

Loko Sport is a Canadian activewear line designed for women of all shapes and sizes. Owner, Sandra Managio, partners with local yoga professionals to bring free classes to marginalized groups in our local community. Loko Sport also holds by-donation community yoga classes where proceeds are donated to local charities.

Dine Easy

Dine Easy is a social enterprise that cooks and delivers fresh, nutritious meals to university and college students. Dine Easy was formed out of the necessity for an affordable, hassle-free, and healthy meal service for university and college students. In addition to creating on-the-job training opportunities to individuals with employment barriers, Dine Easy provides customers with the option to purchase meals at 50% off to be donated to local community organizations

Homegrown Land Bank Group Ltd.

Homegrown believes in helping local farmers access the market and creating easier access to local food. Through Homegrown Food Basket, an online Farmers' Market; micro-finance agricultural initiatives; & consultations, Homegrown empowers farmers locally and internationally.

Breakthrough Fund

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Innovation Works $1 Million Community Bond

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Innovation Works

“The only investment in my portfolio that I can drive by and see its impact.

Our VERGE Capital team supported Pillar Nonprofit Network’s Community Bond which raised $1 million to support Innovation Works, the only place in London intentionally designed to encourage collaboration between social innovators for community impact. With the support of VERGE Capital, London’s first ever community bond sold-out ahead of schedule, attracting 45 individual and institutional supporters to this community initiative, with investments ranging from $1000 to $500,000.