How Startups Use Venture Debt

Venture debt, a core SVB business, is designed for high-growth startups.

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When is venture debt right for you?

Venture debt is widely discussed in startup circles, but is often misunderstood.  If you are a growing, venture-backed startup, find out if venture debt may be right for you.

How venture debt works

Venture debt is a loan designed for fast-growing, investor-backed startups. It’s most often secured during, or soon after, an equity round — and is typically used to extend runway to the next round.

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Learn more about venture debt

Watch the video to learn how venture debt may help your company extend runway, accelerate growth and gain flexibility.

How do startups benefit?

Venture debt reduces the capital needed to fund operations and protects against operational glitches and unforeseen capital needs.

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The basics

Venture debt is intended to provide three to nine months of additional capital to support investing activities.


Even in a time of abundant cash, venture debt is an attractive financing option for growing venture-backed companies that are seeking to extend runway, lower their cost of capital and keep innovation thriving.


The venture-debt-to-company-valuation ratio typically hovers between 6% and 8% of the company’s last post-money valuation.

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