Startup Financing

Venture Debt Banking

Investor-backed companies seeking growth without ownership dilution look to venture debt as a strategic financial tool. Venture debt can provide a level of flexibility not found with investors, while supplementing an existing equity round. You can trust our expertise as a venture debt lender to assess funding options that can fuel your momentum.

What Is Venture Debt?1

Venture debt financing is a loan designed to extend the runway for fast-growing companies. Our venture debt bankers can advise you on the many benefits of venture funding after an equity round. We’ll also help you explore how you might combine venture debt with other funding structures, such as Asset-Based Lending, to make the most of your opportunities.

  • Preserves control: Venture debt offers economic upside for investors, founders and employees as the least dilutive early-stage financing option.

  • Extends your company’s cash runway: Venture debt funding secures time for founders to reach value milestones.

  • Offers a “bridge” between equity rounds: Rather than issuing equity to finance upcoming growth, your company may be able to raise equity at a higher valuation after a critical milestone has been achieved (further minimizing dilution).

  • Supplements existing equity: Venture debt allows founders to leverage venture capital investments and preserve investors’ dry powder for your company’s future needs.

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