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Growth Capital Strategies for 2024

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Catherine Daly
Content Strategist

Your definitive guide to securing capital for your startup in the coming year.

It’s a tough time to be a startup. In 2023, 19% of all startup funding rounds raised money at a lower valuation for the company than investors had previously given them — compared to just 5% in 2021 — and many have shut their doors due to bankruptcy or dissolution, according to Carta.

Source: Carta via Bloomberg

On a positive note, challenging economic environments encourage founders to operate their startups with greater capital efficiency, discipline, and restrained spending. The startups that can navigate the current environment will come out much stronger and more valuable on the other side. 

The Role of Debt in Navigating Tough Environments

Accessing capital is a critical component of sustained growth during down economies. For capital-efficient startups, debt is a great tool to fuel growth, extend your runway, or bridge the gap to your next milestone or funding round at a better valuation down the road. 

TIMIA Capital’s 2024 Venture Debt Playbook is a valuable resource for tech startups navigating the complex world of debt financing. This comprehensive guide explores various strategies, offering insights and practical advice for leveraging debt to fuel growth. 

Cover for TIMIA Captial's 2024 Venture Debt Playbook

Why Debt Financing for Tech Companies?

Debt financing is an increasingly popular strategy among tech businesses. It provides growth capital without the dilution of ownership or loss of control that can often accompany equity capital raises.

There are many types of debt financing, so be sure to take the time to research the best type for your company’s needs, size, and goals. The Venture Debt Playbook outlines the various types, including:

  • Bank loans, which may come with stringent qualification criteria, smaller amounts, and personal guarantees.
  • Convertible notes, which are unsecured debts that convert into equity (often used in seed financing).
  • Government-backed financing programs that offer excellent support, but often require extensive application processes.
  • Short-term loans that convert monthly recurring revenue (MRR) into upfront cash, and are useful for immediate funding needs but not to fund long-term growth or operational expenses.
  • Alternative lenders like TIMIA Capital that offer debt tailored to tech companies with flexible and equity-preserving structures.

Preparing for Debt Financing

Preparing for debt financing involves demonstrating your company’s financial health and creditworthiness. Founders must present extensive financial documentation during the application process, including historical financial statements and detailed projections. The process varies across providers, however. 

TIMIA Capital’s tech-enabled lending process serves as an example that encompasses a multi-phase risk assessment, requiring a thorough understanding of your company’s financial and operational metrics. 

Ready to Explore Debt Options for Your Business?

Embarking on the journey of debt financing can be daunting, but with the proper guidance and tools, the end result can propel your tech startup to new heights. 

The 2024 Venture Debt Playbook is your go-to resource for navigating your debt application. It serves as a roadmap, offering a clear path for tech startups to navigate the intricate world of debt financing.

For tailored debt solutions that align with your unique needs and growth aspirations, visit TIMIA Capital and discover how our team can guide you every step of the way.

Download the 2024 Venture Debt Playbook now and unlock the potential of debt financing for your tech startup.

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Catherine Daly
Content Strategist

Catherine joined TIMIA Capital as a freelance copywriter and social media manager in January 2019. She has 15 years experience in marketing and held senior positions at a number of technology companies including Hootsuite, Absolute, and Avnet Technology Solutions. Catherine is an expert writer and marketer and holds an executive Masters in Marketing, a Bachelor of Science in Communications and Journalism, and a Diploma in Digital Marketing.