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Enterprise Financing Scheme (EFS) - Venture Debt

This programme finances the growth of innovative enterprises using Venture Debt and Warrants.

Enterrprises can use the loan to: 

  • Grow and expand existing capacity
  • Diversify into other product lines
  • Augment working capital needs
  • Undertake new projects 
  • Undergo merger and acquisitions


Up to S$8 Million loan per borrower

Note: Borrowers are subject to an overall borrower group limit of S$20m for EFS VD. In addition, there is an overall loan exposure limit of S$50 million per borrower group* across all facilities.

*Refer to "Critical Information" for more details.

You are:

  • A high growth start-up that do not have significant assets to be used as collateral under traditional bank lending.

You need to:

  • Be a business entity1 that is registered and physically present in Singapore,
  • Have at least 30% local equity held directly or indirectly by Singaporean(s) and/or Singapore PR(s), determined by the ultimate individual ownership,
  • Have Group Annual Sales Turnover of not more than S$500 million2.

*Refer to "Critical Information" for more details.

1. ACRA registered Sole Proprietorship, Partnership, Limited Liability Partnerships and Companies are eligible to apply for the scheme. Approval of the loan is subject to the PFI's assessment. 

2. Annual sales turnover and employment size is computed on a group basis.

Critical information

ESG risk share is at 50%.

Young enterprises1 may receive a risk share of 70%.

The borrower is responsible to repay 100% of the loan amount. When defaults occur, the Participating Financial Institutions (PFIs) are obligated to follow their standard commercial recovery procedure, including the realisation of security, before they can make a claim against Enterprise Singapore for the unrecovered amount in proportion to the risk-share.

Borrower Group consists of the following:

  • Borrower; and
  • Corporate shareholders holding more than 50% at all levels up; and
  • Subsidiaries where the Applicant company holds more than 50% shareholdings and subsequent subsidiaries at all levels down
  • Subsidiaries where the Applicant's Ultimate Parent Company holds more than 50% shareholdings and their subsidiaries at all levels down

Repayment Period: Up to 5 years

Interest Rate: Subject to PFIs' assessments of risks involved

1. Young enterprises refer to firms formed within the past 5 years with at least 1 employee, and more than 50% equity owned by individuals. 

What to expect when applying

Interested enterprises may approach any of the following Participating Financial Institutions to apply for the loan with the required supporting documents (subject to banks’ credit approval).

List of Participating Financial Institutions can be found here.

Documents you'll need for your application
  • Download and save the Enterprise Finance Scheme application form here.
  • For details and instructions on how to compile all required supporting documents for submission, refer to the application form guide here.
Useful links
For more details: EFS