seed money


Definition of seed money

: money used for setting up a new enterprise

Examples of seed money in a Sentence

He provided seed money for the campaign.

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The decision riled supporters of Norwell Farms, which was formed with $50,000 in seed money from the town 10 years ago to support agriculture in this semi-rural affluent town of about 11,000 people. Johanna Seltz,, "A turf war blossoms at Norwell farm," 5 Sep. 2019 The federal investment in public media is vital seed money—especially for stations located in rural America, and those serving underserved populations where the appropriation counts for 40 to 50 percent of their budget. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "PBS Has Been Preparing For Trump's Budget For Years," 21 Mar. 2017 Counne, who has mostly self-funded the seed money for his company and is in the process of raising $10 million, came to indoor farming through his interest in real estate. Alexia Elejalde-ruiz,, "Many have tried and failed to make vertical indoor farming work. One Chicago entrepreneur thinks he can do it.," 7 Aug. 2019 Upon the transition, the city offered each of the groups $40,000-per-year grants as seed money. Hillary Davis,, "2 Newport Beach merchants associations lose half their city grants," 27 June 2019 The rest is divided evenly three ways for an ongoing maintenance fund, refashioning the sculpture's base and maintaining the plaza around her, and seed money for future art on the trail. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "Mass Ave's electronic 'Ann Dancing' needs $262,800. Here's what's behind that number.," 4 June 2019 Worries about finding skilled workers and seed money in New York City have waned, and several founders pointed to perks like subsidized... Kate King, WSJ, "Some Startup Founders Leave Silicon Valley ‘Bubble’ and Head East," 25 Mar. 2019 At a budget hearing Wednesday, county CEO Jeff Smith suggested the county use roughly $5 million from an economic uncertainty reserve fund as seed money for the program. Thy Vo, The Mercury News, "Supervisors pony up $5 million to kickstart farmland preservation effort," 13 June 2019 Newsom gets $50 million in seed money to start child savings accounts for college and post-secondary education. Laurel Rosenhall, The Mercury News, "California just passed a $215 billion budget. Here’s what’s between the lines.," 14 June 2019

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1943, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of seed money

: money that is used for starting a new business, program, project, etc.

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