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Venture Debt Financing

Complement the venture capital raised by your growth stage tech start-up with DBS Venture Debt Financing programme.

Venture Debt

What is Venture Debt?

Venture debt financing (VDF), or venture lending, is a form of debt financing offered to growth stage start-ups that are backed by venture capital investors and leveraging on technology to enhance their products or services.

As one of the first banks in Singapore to offer venture debt as an alternative capital-raising option, DBS is helping fast growth startups to bolt-on venture debt to institutional equity. When structured appropriately, venture debt can minimise shareholding dilution and lower the overall cost of financing for entrepreneurs and investors through increasing the cash runway or accelerating growth initiatives.

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Why DBS Venture Debt?

Venture Debt

Our Customers’ Experience With Us


"aCommerce has a great working relationship with the DBS Venture Debt team and we are very pleased to have them as a supporter of the aCommerce growth story. The team invested time to understand our complex business, including visiting our local operations and have used the DBS network to make introductions to expand our customer base and meet other businesses to assist our platform development."

Piers Bennett - Group Chief Financial Officer


"Zimplistic's relationship with DBS has evolved successfully over the last 2 years. The DBS Venture Debt team have contributed to our growth story by always demonstrating initiative, a sense of partnership and a solution driven mindset. We look forward to building on from here and view them as key partners to enable our quest to bring automation and convenience to the kitchen space."

Rishi Israni - CEO & Co-Founder


"Our experience working alongside the DBS Venture Debt team has been really great. We truly believe that they are an extended part of the Teabox team and have always been there to support us in our journey. Combining the wealth of experience they have and the DBS reach - they have been able to open many doors for us which otherwise would not have been possible. More importantly, they have acted as a great sounding board and have been able to share their perspectives on many of our ideas and plans."

Kaushal Dugar - Chief Experience Officer


What is a tech start-up?
Tech start-ups are defined as innovation-driven enterprises with cutting-edge technology and a disruptive business model targeting at a high-growth market segments.
What is the eligibility criteria?
To qualify, tech start-ups must be strongly backed by DBS’ partner venture capitalists. They should have raised at least SGD 3 million of equity funding and have demonstrated that their business model is commercially viable.
What is the typical debt to equity ratio for tech start-ups?
Venture Debt is usually 10% to 30% of the total venture capital raised in the latest equity round.
Is the DBS Venture Debt Financing programme open to foreign entities?
DBS Venture Debt is open to registered entities in Singapore or within our DBS network countries.
Are there any other types of financing available for start-ups without venture capital investment?
Yes, we offer various types of financing products including government-assisted loan schemes such as Micro Loan and SME Working Capital Loan.


How do I apply?

We work with our partner Venture Capitalists to assess the needs of their portfolio companies.

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How do I find out more?

For more information, please follow the “DBS VentureDebt” topic on the DBS BusinessClass App. Through the DBS BusinessClass App, entrepreneurs can consult and connect with industry experts, investors and fellow entrepreneurs. DBS BusinessClass members can also access news and articles on topics pertinent to starting and running their businesses and attend exclusive networking events.

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