the act or fact of starting something; a setting in motion.
of or pertaining to the beginning of a new project or venture, especially to an investment made to initiate such a project, as in a commercial or industrial enterprise: high start-up costs.
Also, startup.

1550–60; noun use of verb phrase start up Unabridged
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1. the act of setting in operation; "repeated shutdowns and startups are expensive" 
2. the act of starting a new operation or practice; "he opposed the inauguration of fluoridation"; "the startup of the new factory was delayed by strikes" [syn: inauguration
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As a result, decentralized composting has lower startup costs, but is more
  labor intensive.
Of course, guerrilla armies and startup companies have little to lose-they
  either win or die, so the lesson for them is clear.
Members of the staff compare it to a startup company.
Tesla was perhaps the wild card in the funding equation because it is a small
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