15 Questions Founders Should Ask before Partnering with a Venture Debt Provider

March 9, 2022

Venture debt is ideal for fast-growing early-stage SaaS companies needing working capital to fund expansion, acquisitions, and investment in sales and marketing. Using debt for growth allows founders to scale their company while reducing the cost of capital and limiting dilution.

While there are several reputable venture debt finance companies, each may operate differently.

To help you make the right choice for your business, here are a few (ok, more than a few!) questions to ask before partnering with a venture debt provider:

1. What size loans do you offer?

2. When does the loan need to be repaid?

3. What are the fees and interest rates?

4. When do I have to start paying back the loan?

5. What behavior could trigger a loan default?

6. Do you require warrants?

7. What are the payment terms?

8. How fast can you fund?

9. Will you lend to companies that aren’t profitable?

10. Can I prepay my loan? If so, are there any penalties?

11. What are the interest rates?

12. If I need more capital moving forward, can you provide that?

13. Does the venture fund team have operator experience to help bring value by understanding your challenges and being able to offer guidance on solving your problems?

14. What is their track record working with companies that hit hard times?

15. What other companies have they supported?

Debt Finance for SaaS Companies

At Element SaaS Finance, we understand the challenges founders face because we’re a team of seasoned operators. As such, we can provide our customers with the insights, recommendations, and guidance they need to take their growing SaaS business to the next level.

We simplify growth finance with straightforward options tailored to the needs of the business. Plus, we offer flexible financing with interest rates as low as 15%, delivered with a personal, partnership-led approach. What’s more, our terms are transparent, and come with no hidden fees or conditions.

You can learn more by visiting our Frequently Asked Questions or reach out and Talk to Us. We’re always happy to chat.