The Venture Debt Conference

March 31, 2023 | New York City

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

About DealFlow Events | The Venture Debt Conference

About The Conference

The use of venture debt has gained in popularity as emerging growth companies remain private longer and seek creative forms of financing that minimize dilution. Many 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.

The Venture Debt Conference offers a unique opportunity for networking and discussion of non-dilutive loan strategies for VC-backed and emerging growth companies. Hosted by DealFlow Events, this full-day forum addresses the growing interest in using venture debt to complement venture capital and to discuss alternative financing to companies unfamiliar with these investment strategies.

Who’s Attending

This event draws a broad range of finance professionals including:

  • 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
  • Venture-backed Companies

Why You Should Attend

DealFlow Events are widely recognized as the dominant networking forums in every market we cover. The Venture Debt Conference brings together the leading professionals focused on non-dilutive investment strategies.


Meet with other thought-leaders in the industry. You can count on the best networking during breaks and at the post-conference cocktail party to maximize your business development.


Expert Speakers

Our panelists and presenters are thought leaders in the industry. This is your opportunity to get in front of the industry’s decision-makers.


1-on-1 Meetings

This event offers a forum for privately scheduled meetings which you can coordinate using our event app.



Discussion of trends, debt structures and strategies, timing considerations and financing options for emerging growth companies.


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:

  • Industry dynamics: The size and shape of the venture debt market, historical performance and future growth projections
  • Understanding the venture debt underwriting process: Creditworthiness and assessment of equity sponsors
  • Understanding debt structures for working capital vs. growth capital
  • Timing considerations: Raising debt alongside equity, raising between equity rounds, raising to fund an acquisition and the unique considerations of each approach
  • Typical financing terms of venture debt and how they differ from traditional bank loans
  • Common venture debt options including equipment financing, accounts receivable financing, and term loans
  • How companies are using venture debt to extend their cash runway and minimize equity dilution
  • The lender landscape: Commercial banks, specialty finance firms, alternative lenders, business development companies
  • Exploring revenue-based funding for recurring revenue business models
  • Senior venture loans vs. subordinated debt structures
  • Royalty-based funding for life sciences companies
  • Why late-stage venture lending is still the domain of banks and business development companies 
  • Using hybrid securities including convertible bonds, preferred stock, and debt with warrant kickers
  • Understanding the use of convertible debt at both early and late-stage private companies
  • Alternative lending structures including lines of credit, bridge loans, factoring, and merchant cash advances
  • Understanding the targeted marketing of business credit cards to VC-backed startups
  • How macro credit conditions and economic indicators impact the venture debt market
  • Market participants: Lenders, underwriting and credit companies, loan servicers, and loan brokers
  • Understanding possible headwinds in lending to startups including rising interest rates, increasing defaults, and reduced equity funding
  • Evaluating the growth of the venture debt market by sector

Thought Leading Speakers

Katya Baron

VP of Capital


Spencer Barrett

Co-Founder and Co-CEO


Brent Bertino


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

Francis Gallic

Co-Founder and COO

Helix Wireless

Dolph Hellman

Partner, Mergers & Acquisitions, Banking & Finance


Brian Henley

Managing Partner

Recurring Capital Partners

Catherine Jhung

Senior Managing Director

Hercules Capital

Dr. Jacques Jospitre

Founding Partner


David Lapter



John Markell

Managing Partner

Armentum Partners

Ned Mavrommatis

Chief Financial Officer

Halo Collar

Thomas Ritchie

Senior VP of Capital Markets Exec. of Investor Relations


Brian Schiff

Founder and CEO


Mark Solovy

Co-Head, Technology Finance Group

Monroe Capital

David Spreng

Chairman, Founder, CEO, and CIO

Runway Growth Capital

David Teten


Versatile Venture Capital

Kai Tse

Managing Partner

Structural Capital

Alidad Vakili

Of Counsel

Foley & Lardner LLP

Melissa Widner


Lighter Capital

Troy Zander


Barnes & Thornburg

Dawn Zappetti

Chief Marketing Officer

Zap Advisory

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The Venue


237 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10017

Convene at 237 Park Avenue has been called the “venue of the future.” Unlike other event spaces in New York City, this location is purpose-built for professional education and networking.

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The Venture Debt Conference 2023

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

Our Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Armentum Partners
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Silver Sponsors

Horizon Technology Finance
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Media Sponsor

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