Similarly, Mumbai-based startup Faasos which also raised $3 million via debt finance from InnoVen Capital so far, believes that most startups today, if given an opportunity, will opt for venture debt.
“Venture debt resolves two most critical elements -lesser dilution in stake and availability of funds at cheaper cost than equity. Venture debt is a good compliment to equity and it gives an additional cushion to startups and sometimes it also provides a runway between two rounds of equity funding“ says Revant Bhate, the cofounder of Faasos.
In recent months, startups like Lendingkart, Faasos, Embibe, Edusys Global, MoveInSync, Collectabillia, Capillary, PepperTap, FirstCry, Snapdeal, Manthan, Toppr, AppsDaily, MobiKwik, Pow er2SME, Practo, Portea, Byju’s Classes, Rivigo, Helpchat, NephroPlus and Industrybuying.com have raised debt fund from debt financing companies such as Innoven Capital, Trifecta Capital and IFMR Capital.
NEW FUNDING CLIMATE “Entrepreneurs and startups are now sensitised to new `funding climate’.When lots of capital was available they raised as much as they could and as they see the funding climate changing, they are trying to make sure that they adjust (to new funding climate),“ says Rahul Khanna, managing partner, Trifecta Capital, a venture debt-fund compa ny. According to him, all the under lining factors have not changed compared to last year and this year, the only thing that has changed is the fact that valuation had crept up significantly and at some point investors have said `if I come at this valuation, I am pretty not sure how would I make my money’.
“Equity is the most expen sive form of financing and everybody benefits if company raises from venture debt, fundamentally capital raised via debt is at a lower cost“ says Khanna. Trifecta has raised a Rs 200-crore fund and had already disbursed Rs 50 crore as venture debt funds to Rivigo, Helpchat, NephroPlus and Industrybuying.com. In the next six to nine months, it has set a target to raise another . 300-crore fund as it finds 2016 to be at` tractive for venture debt funding. Rising demand from startups for debt financing can be seen from the recent data of InnoVen Capital, where it has funded in total 98 transaction across 70 startups and typically one-third of its deals are repeat transactions with its existing clients.