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seed money

capital for the initial stages of a new business or other enterprise, especially for the initial operating costs.
Origin of seed money
1940-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for seed money
  • 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.
  • It includes support for research and entrepreneurship programmes and provides seed money for start-ups.
  • Instead, it secured seed money in the traditional way: from the founder's family.
  • Next she hopes to find a few local investors to provide seed money for the company.
  • The whole thing began on a modest seed money a long long time ago and it was, if not great, pretty good.
  • The seed money might come from spending cuts elsewhere, or from new taxes.
  • Committee grants tend to act as seed money and are given for one year's research.
British Dictionary definitions for seed money

seed money

money used for the establishment of an enterprise
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