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DBS and Temasek Launches US$500 Million Debt Financing Platform for Tech Startups

DBS and Temasek announced that they have entered into an agreement to jointly launch a US$500 million growth stage debt financing platform called EvolutionX Debt Capital.

Headquartered in Singapore, EvolutionX will provide non-dilutive financing to growth stage technology-enabled companies across Asia, with a focus on China, India, and Southeast Asia.

EvolutionX combines Temasek’s investment expertise and DBS’ global banking networks to leverage and further catalyse the fast growing technology ecosystem in Asia.

The platform will be led by Joint Interim CEOs Amit Sinha, Group Head of Telecoms, Media and Technology, Institutional Banking Group at DBS, and Aftab Mathur, Director, Investment (Innovation) at Temasek, before a full-time CEO is appointed in the next few months.

The growth debt capital space presents a significant opportunity and EvolutionX will invest across sectors such as financial services, consumer, healthcare, education and industrial development.

This partnership also serves as a natural extension and segue to both DBS’ and Temasek’s existing early-stage debt initiatives and investment activities, bolstering the strength of the extended network and ecosystem through synergies fostered.

Tan Su Shan

Tan Su Shan

Tan Su Shan, Group Head of Institutional Banking at DBS said,

“The investment in EvolutionX provides an opportunity for us to play an integral role in nurturing and financing the growth of Asia’s future unicorns, while forging partnerships and ecosystem opportunities with these high-growth technology-enabled companies.

 

As a purpose-driven bank, we believe in investing in solutions that democratise financing access to companies of all sizes and stages of development to give them the best opportunity to achieve their endeavours.”

Rohit Sipahimalani, Chief Investment Strategist at Temasek

Rohit Sipahimalani

Rohit Sipahimalani, Chief Investment Strategist at Temasek said,

“We’re therefore pleased to partner with DBS to provide a meaningful alternative for technology-focused growth companies in Asia that may face debt funding needs between the venture debt and late stage debt financing phases.

 

With EvolutionX, we can help provide companies and entrepreneurs the support they need as they continue to scale and expand.”

 

Featured image: edited from Unsplash 

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