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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Legion was founded in 2012 and received seed money from Calstrs, as the teachers’ fund is also known. Micah Maidenberg, WSJ, "Activist Investor and California Pension Fund Take Stake in Papa John’s," 1 Oct. 2018 An inheritance and a 1958 divorce settlement provided seed money for her investments. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Evelyn Y. Davis Would Have Wanted a Bigger Headline on This Obituary," 9 Nov. 2018 Disney provided the seed money for Level Forward, which is also raising money from other investors. Pamela Mcclintock, The Hollywood Reporter, "Abigail Disney Backs New Hollywood Misconduct Database Rotten Apples," 27 June 2018 The family has provided seed money for the scholarship and hopes to raise enough funds — at least $50,000 — to endow the scholarship permanently. Kathleen Megan,, "Parkland Shooting Victim's Family Starts UConn Scholarship In His Memory," 29 May 2018 The loss of this seed money would have a devastating effect. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "PBS Has Been Preparing For Trump's Budget For Years," 21 Mar. 2017 But the effort dragged and, late last year, Asian investors who had been willing to provide a chunk of the seed money dropped out, people familiar with the matter said. Liz Hoffman, WSJ, "Brady Dougan Stages His Wall Street Comeback," 28 Sep. 2018 Several housing advocates complained that $17 million that had been earmarked as seed money for such projects has been redirected to pay for temporary homeless solutions, such as shelter tents and a transitional storage center. David Garrick,, "San Diego approves new budget, including most infrastructure spending in city history," 12 June 2018 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

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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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