Time-consuming and difficult to research venture debt landscape, select potential lenders, and reach out with cold emails and cold calls
Rely on referrals from board members
Free, fast and easy
Short list entirely dependent on board members' knowledge and relationships; result may be adequate but not optimal
Hire an investment bank
Full-service, turnkey solution
Access to market knowledge and relationships
Assistance with structuring and negotiating the transaction
Expensive -- reduces funds available for product development or sales & marketing
Time-consuming if investment bank implements broad-based marketing effort rather than targeted approach
Fast, easy and low cost
Broad universe of potential lenders goes beyond the "most likely suspects"
Option to contact lenders directly or through us
Excellent supplement to efforts by CEO/CFO and board members
No assistance with structuring and negotiating the transaction
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Utilizing Debt in Your Corporate Finance Strategy
Venture debt lenders provide non-dilutive funding and minimally dilutive funding for technology and growth companies, which can help you achieve many financing goals:
- Extend your cash runway; - Accelerate growth; - Minimize equity dilution; - Maintain control of your business; and - Lower your weighted average cost of capital (WACC).
Our goal is to help you better understand this important source of non-dilutive growth capital. Lenders, investment bankers, attorneys, venture capitalists, journalists and others have written extensively about venture debt. However, few have described it in the context of the overall debt market.
Financing innovations such as the MRR line of credit (based on monthly recurring revenue) and revenue-based financing have broadened the pool of qualified borrowers. In addition, the entry of business development companies (BDC), hedge funds, and other institutional investors into the market have increased the pool of available capital.
This expansion has been so broad that the term "venture debt" and its common definitions are too narrow. As a result, some industry participants and observers have replaced it with the term "growth debt."
We agree that "growth debt" has become more appropriate as the market has evolved. However, we continue to use "venture debt" as an umbrella term since it's more commonly recognized by both lenders and borrowers.
In addition to placing venture lending within a broader context, we are developing a broad array of use case examples to help you quickly and easily determine the types of loans and lenders that are the "best fit" for your unique situation.