seed money

capital for the initial stages of a new business or other enterprise, especially for the initial operating costs.

1940–45 Unabridged
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seed money
money used for the establishment of an enterprise

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Example sentences
Some of that is seed money, which goes to managers who are starting funds.
All they need is a small plot of land and some seed money to get started, which
  the government can help provide.
Their seed money is often needed to get a service off the ground.
Provide subsidies as seed money for the easy targets.
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