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Securing SME Working Capital for Your Singapore Startup: Navigating Loan Options



This article outlines various debt instruments and financing options for startups in Singapore. These include Invoice Financing (Purchase Order Financing and Receivables Financing), Working Capital Loans, Project Financing, Grants, and Venture Capital. Each type of financing has its own specific characteristics and benefits, and the right choice depends on the needs and financial situation of the startup.


Working Capital Loan

Working capital loans (Term Loans), are typically used to support a business's daily operations and are repaid either monthly or in a lump sum. Financiers consider factors such as a business's cash flow, financials, and key ratios when deciding whether to approve a working capital loan.

Invoice Financing

Invoice financing is a type of debt instrument that's tied to the value of an invoice. This financing option is ideal for businesses that engage in straightforward transactions, such as providing supplies or services, and that have long credit terms. Invoice financing enables businesses to access capital ahead of time, which helps to shorten their cash conversion cycle.

There are two main types of invoice financing: 1) purchase order financing and 2) receivables financing.

Purchase order financing (Trust Receipts) involves financing the purchase side of a transaction, while receivables financing (Factoring) involves advancing payment for completed work which typically has long payment terms.

Project Financing

Project financing is a debt instrument designed for businesses that generate revenue from various projects and that have complex terms and milestones. Financiers are more likely to extend this type of financing to businesses with a proven track record of completing projects.

Government Grants

Grants, on the other hand, are funds provided by public bodies or government entities for various purposes, and don't require repayment. These grants are often used to hire talent, build products, and fund research and development activities.

Venture Capital Financing

Finally, venture capital financing involves selling a portion of a business's ownership in exchange for funding to support growth. This type of financing is only suitable for businesses with high-growth potential, aggressive expansion plans, and a clear path to an exit.


In conclusion, each type of financing option comes with its own pros and cons, so it's important for business owners to understand the options available to them so that they can source capital more efficiently. For more information on financing options for businesses in Singapore, feel free to reach out to us at

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