Raising Venture Debt: Who, What, When, Why and How Much?

March 31, 2022 | Webinar | Duane Morris & Selvam LLP

Webinar Replay

Duane Morris & Selvam LLP will present a webinar, “Raising Venture Debt: Who, What, When, Why and How Much?” on Thursday, 31 March 2022, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Singapore time. The webinar is co-sponsored by Genesis Alternative Ventures, Milieu Insight, Singapore Management University Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

About the Program

Venture debt is playing a critical role in helping early stage, startup companies drive business growth during the pandemic in Southeast Asia. For venture-backed companies, venture debt can be a smarter financing option as founders and other early investors face less equity dilution in each funding round.

In our upcoming program, we will discuss:

  • What is venture debt? Is it the same as convertible debt?
  • Why should I raise venture debt when I can raise money from venture equity investors?
  • Who can raise venture debt and when is the right time?
  • What are the potential pitfalls of venture debt?
  • Case study: How a startup in Singapore used venture debt to grow its business in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • What should founders look for in a term sheet from a venture lender?
  • The role of a lawyer in venture debt transactions: How does this benefit or protect the founder?


Leon Yee, Chairman, Duane Morris & Selvam


Dr. Jeremy Loh, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Genesis Alternative Ventures

Gerald Ang, Chief Executive Officer, Milieu Insight

Kenneth Lim, Director, Selvam LLC

About Duane Morris & Selvam LLP

Duane Morris & Selvam LLP is a joint venture between Duane Morris LLP and Selvam LLC, with its headquarters in Singapore. It offers both Singapore and international legal solutions. By way of its global platform and extensive range of legal services, the firm helps companies conduct business in and out of Asia, the United States, Latin America, Europe and beyond. In addition to the excellent skills of its lawyers, clients benefit from the cultural fluency and key relationships that the firm has developed over many years of practising law throughout the region. The firm has a presence in the key markets of Southeast Asia, including Singapore, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Yangon as well as in Shanghai, China. The firm is known for its commercial and entrepreneurial approach and acts as its clients’ trusted advisor. It is a firm with local knowledge and a global outlook.

About Genesis Alternative Ventures

Based in Singapore, Genesis Alternative Ventures is Southeast Asia’s leading venture debt provider to venture and growth-stage companies that are funded by tier-one VCs. Genesis is founded by a team of venture lending pioneers who have backed some of Southeast Asia’s best-loved companies. Armed with a strong reputation among entrepreneurs and investors, Genesis is your trusted partner to empower your company’s growth while minimizing shareholders’ equity dilution.

About Milieu Insight

Milieu Insight is an award-winning consumer data and analytics company that connects businesses directly with their target audience for market research. The company collects consumer opinion data across a multitude of lifestyle topics and sectors through a proprietary mobile app known as Milieu Surveys. Milieu’s customer platform, known as Canvas, offers businesses a wide range of tools for accessing, analyzing, and visualizing high-value and timely consumer opinion data to help power better decision-making and strategy.

About Singapore Management University (SMU) Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IIE)

The Singapore Management University (SMU) Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IIE) is a practice-oriented institute that nurtures changemakers and founders who aspire to make the world a better place. We also champion a cohesive entrepreneurship community anchored at its innovation hub – The Greenhouse, and through activities such as its marquee event – the Lee Kuan Yew Global Business Plan Competition (LKYGBPC).