A Fintech firm’s Chief Executive Officer is reportedly attempting to secure over $1 billion in order to fund bridge loans for startups that have been affected by the spectacular collapse of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB).
Fintech Unicorn Brex CEO Henrique Dubugras recently revealed that he’s focused on fundraising over $1 billion in loans for firms that have been adversely affected by the SVB collapse. Dubugras intends to offer loans as early as this coming week so that startups are able to make payroll. A Brex representative told the Insider that they’re to secure as much capital as they can.
Henrique Dubugras, CEO of Brex, is currently working to acquire over $1 billion in funds in order to offer bridge loans to startups.
As noted by a Brex representative:
“As of yesterday, we’ve received $1.5 billion in requests from nearly 1,000 companies. We are trying to raise as much capital as we can.”
The rep further noted that the funds are meant to help firms with making payroll next week and maintain operations while their funds are tied up.
Dubugras joins other technology-focused entrepreneurs who have led fundraising activities these past few days. OpenAI Chief Executive Sam Altman has given “six-figures” to the CEO of Rad AI. This, after Silicon Valley Bank was closed by regulatory authorities.
The rep added:
“We are working quickly with third-party capital providers and Brex Asset Management to have emergency funds available to startups early next week.”
Brex has not yet shared the terms that may come with the loans, or even how much in capital it has raised, TechCrunch revealed. However, Dubugras said he is now hoping that any clients who obtain loans will remain with Brex after this issue subsides.
In statements shared with TechCrunch, Dubugras said:
“The reason we’re doing it is obviously we want to support a community, that’s very important. The business reason we’re doing this is because we’ll fund these loans and our business accounts, and we hope people stay our customers right after that.”
One key issue potentially facing these plans is fraud, and the challenge of thoroughly vetting the firms which have submitted applications to receive bridge loans.
As noted in the update, the Brex representative stated that the firm has an extensive assessment process, meanwhile, Dubugras claims that the majority of such loan requests seem to be coming from “real” startups that had “real” businesses with “real deposits.”
The rep added that there are verification processes “in place to ensure there is no fraud.”
As mentioned in a blog post on the firm’s official website, Brex is now “offering an emergency bridge credit line to startup customers to support payroll and other operational spend needs.”
Startups impacted by the Silicon Valley Bank news may “not have access to the funds necessary for short-term operational spend.”
Working quickly with third-party capital providers and Brex Asset Management, Brex aims to have emergency funds “available to startups early next week” (as reported by the firm on March 10, 2023).
Startups with funds at SVB are able to apply for an emergency credit line.
Brex will review accounts “as quickly as possible, and release emergency funds into customers’ Brex Business Accounts upon approval.”
Brex Business Accounts have been designed “to provide the least amount of exposure to any individual bank, while maintaining the benefits of money movement and money storage.”