VERGE Capital – Breakthrough Fund


The VERGE Breakthrough Fund is Southwestern Ontario’s first impact investing fund providing growth capital to social and environmental enterprises.
Focus is on established social enterprises and larger-scale community infrastructure (e.g. green energy projects, affordable housing developments, innovation and entrepreneurship hubs).

Comments on Funding:

Loans between $50,000 and $500,000, with rates and terms determined on case-by-case basis.


Applicants must:

  • be entrepreneurs over the age of majority without limitations around industry sector, stage of growth;
  • be structured as a for-profit business or non-profit organization;
  • have operations in Southwestern Ontario.

The eligibility criteria is focused around two key questions:

  • Are you a social enterprise, and does your work align with our investment priorities?
  • What is your social enterprise’s contribution and commitment to local communities and economies in Southwestern Ontario?

Other Things to Note:

  1. The fund is co-managed with SVX, who collaborated on the fund design, leads due diligence, and supports governance and investor relations
  2. Again, there is no universal definition but we consider Southwestern Ontario as the general area between Windsor and Hamilton-Niagara. This does not include Halton Region (Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton, Oakville) or the rest of the Greater Toronto Area.

Program Contact:

How to Apply — VERGE Capital


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