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 2020:

  • 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
  • Possible explanations for the uncharacteristically low loss levels in the industry

The Venture Debt Conference program is currently in development. Please complete this form and you will be contacted once the agenda is posted.

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