2nd Annual Event

The Venture Debt Conference 2024 logo

March 6, 2024 • New York City

The Largest Forum Dedicated to Non-Dilutive Financing Strategies for Emerging Growth Companies

Networking

Expert Speakers

1-on-1 Meetings

Education

Troy Zander and David Spreng having a fireside chat

The Conference

DealFlow Events’ second annual Venture Debt Conference offers a unique opportunity for networking and discussion of nondilutive loan strategies for VC-backed and emerging growth companies. This full-day forum addresses the growing interest in using venture debt to complement venture capital and covers alternative financing with company executives unfamiliar with these financing strategies.

Why Venture Debt?

The use of venture debt has gained in popularity as emerging growth companies increasingly seek creative forms of financing that minimize ownership dilution. Debt products such as term loans, revenue-based financing, receivables financing, and equipment financing fall under the broad moniker of venture debt, but despite the growing popularity of these products, for many, venture debt remains an unfamiliar form of financing.

Who's Attending

This event draws a broad range of finance professionals

  • Specialty Lending Firms
  • Commercial Banks
  • Consulting Firms
  • Emerging Growth Companies
  • Family Offices
  • Hedge Funds
  • Investment Banks
  • Venture Capital Firms
  • Law Firms
  • Revenue-based Lenders
  • Private Equity Firms
  • Specialty Finance Firms
  • Alternative Lenders
  • Angel Investors
  • Venture-backed Companies
  • Companies Seeking Venture Debt

Why You Should Attend

The failure of Silicon Valley Bank transformed the venture debt market into a highly competitive landscape where institutions have been scrambling for dominance.

The use of venture debt reached $32 billion in 2022, more than four times the $7.5 billion in 2012, according to PitchBook. SVB’s share of that volume has been estimated at approximately 21% of the market.

The Venture Debt Conference addresses this rapidly growing area of interest for borrowers seeking non-dilutive financing.  The event is designed to help you keep up with all the developments in the market so that you can make informed decisions.

The conference takes a deep dive into the current market disruption and what it means for both traditional and nonbank lenders.  We’ll be discussing loan products and terms, new entrants in the market and how they’re penetrating, changing client requirements, and the ultimate impact on loans.

With the market in flux, it’s vital to know the state of play so that you can evaluate the best course of action for your company. This conference could be one of the best investments you make this year.

Timely Topics and Innovative Programming

Here are just a few of the unique presentations and panel discussions we’re developing for The Venture Debt Conference 2024:

  • State of play: Market size of the venture debt market, growth projections through the next year
  • Why venture debt is an increasingly viable way to raise capital in the current market as private equity and venture capital firms tighten their purse strings
  • Know your lender: What to look for in a venture debt partner
  • A Need for Speed: Why direct lenders can almost always cut a check faster than banks
  • How pre-revenue companies can turbocharge business growth with venture debt
  • Why venture debt is typically less than half the cost of giving up equity
  • Understanding the venture debt underwriting process: Creditworthiness and assessment of equity sponsors
  • A word about warrants: how they impact venture debt deals
  • Caveats of venture debt financing — from high interest rates to equity expectations
  • Understanding debt structures for working capital vs. growth capital
  • Timing considerations: Raising debt alongside equity, raising between rounds, raising to fund an acquisition – and the unique considerations of each approach
  • Common venture debt options: equipment financing, accounts receivable financing, and term loans
  • How companies use venture debt to extend their cash runway and minimize equity dilution
  • The lender landscape: Commercial banks, specialty finance firms, alternative lenders
  • Exploring revenue-based funding
  • Understanding senior loans vs. subordinated debt structures
  • Royalty-based funding for life sciences companies
  • Using hybrid securities including convertible bonds, preferred stock, and debt with warrant kickers
  • Alternative lending structures, including lines of credit, bridge loans, factoring, and merchant cash
    advances
  • How macro credit conditions and economic indicators impact venture debt markets
  • The role of market participants: Lenders, underwriting and credit companies, loan servicers, and loan brokers

Thought Leading Speakers

Katya Baron

VP of Capital

Wisetack

Spencer Barrett

Co-Founder and Co-CEO

Ragnarok

Brent Bertino

Principal

Trilogy/ESW Capital

John Borchers

Managing Director

Decathlon Capital

Steve Brotman

Founder and Managing Partner

Alpha Partners

Dan Devorsetz

Chief Operating Officer and Chief Investment Officer

Horizon Technology Finance

Zack Ellison

Founder, Managing General Partner & Chief Investment Officer

Applied Real Intelligence

Peter Frank

Managing Director

i80 Group

The Venue

The Edison Ballroom

240 W 47th Street
New York, NY 10036

Due to the incredible turnout we had at our inaugural event, the next Venture Debt Conference will take place at a considerably larger venue that’s able to accommodate our
growing audience.

The Edison Ballroom serves as our 2024 venue, right in the heart of New York City. Originally opened in the 1930’s as the Grand Ballroom of the adjacent Edison Hotel, this historical venue recently completed a multi-million-dollar renovation that preserved its original flair and art deco style. Attendees and sponsors alike are going to love this setup.

Outside of the Edison Ballroom
Outside of the Edison Ballroom

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The Venture Debt Conference 2023

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Thinking About Sponsoring?

Our sponsors are thought-leaders in the industry. Corporate sponsorship provides unmatched exposure during a lengthy promotional campaign and the conference itself. Benefits include pre-conference publicity, logo and literature placement, exhibit space, online ad placement, and complimentary registration.

To become a sponsor, contact Charlie Napolitano at (516) 876-8006 extension 20 or charlie@dealflowevents.com.

Our Sponsors

Premier Sponsor

Barnes & Thornburg logo

Gold Sponsor

Armentum Partners

Silver Sponsors

RRBB logo
Horizon Technology Finance
DarrowEverett LLP logo

Media Sponsor

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