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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There was no business plan, no seed money and no savings. Stephanie Mark, Time, "The Boss: I Launched a Hugely Successful Digital Media Company With No Business Plan," 28 June 2018 The company has just seven employees and has only raised seed money so far. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Forget deliveries—this firm wants to bring a grocery store to your driveway," 27 June 2018 Anchorage is one of eight cities chosen to receive seed money from Neighborhood Development Center, a nonprofit based in St. Paul, Minnesota, that developed the model being adapted locally. Marc Lester, Anchorage Daily News, "New Anchorage entrepreneurs get help turning ideas – and neighborhood pride – into a business plan," 4 June 2018 Purdue Pharma, the maker of Oxycontin, provided $1.5 million in seed money to endow the position Christopher held — the Kathleen M. Foley Chair for Pain and Palliative Care — after her tenure as president. Andy Marso, kansascity, "Myra Christopher, longtime leader of Center for Practical Bioethics in KC, retires," 1 July 2018 The council approved $560,000 in seed money to launch Indy Achieves, a Hogsett initiative that seeks to enable 95,000 residents over five years to complete degree and certificate programs. James Briggs, Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis council rejects Downtown tax; approves money for education, streets," 18 June 2018 Snohomish County Parks has set aside $250,000 in seed money for the memorial, but hopes to help the families of victims raise $6 million, spokeswoman Shannon Hays said. Sarah Wu, The Seattle Times, "How new artwork is meant to recall life before the deadly Oso landslide," 9 June 2018 According to Turner, Poggi, a hedge-fund manager, had been bankrolling the Panthers program from the start, donating about $60,000 in seed money. Katherine Dunn,, "St. Frances football faces struggle to put together football schedule after MIAA departures," 31 May 2018 But Gillibrand wants Congress to force the Postal Service into the banking business — while easing that transition — by providing it with a mandate and seed money. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Democrats Have a Plan to Save the Post Office – and Kill Payday Lenders," 25 Apr. 2018

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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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