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.
Recent Examples on the Web Special consideration is given to applications that request seed money for new initiatives, offer hands-on opportunities for Rotarians to volunteer, or are submitted by organizations with which Rotarians are involved. Carol Kovach, cleveland, 13 Oct. 2021 Some investment firms have been inclined to hand out seed money to a wide array of media properties, knowing that many will fail but that a small number of successes could outweigh the losses. Washington Post, 5 Oct. 2021 Business startup organization aimed at underserved communities lands seed money from AARP Black and Latinx business owners can go to a BMO branch bank or apply online for up to $50,000 in credit. Ricardo Torres, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 30 Sep. 2021 Rosenwald’s foundation provided the seed money, and community members constructed the building themselves by hand. Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker, 13 Sep. 2021 Hefzy underlined that while the seed money comes from a government bank, the company is private, managed by Egyptian private equity fund NI Capital, which is the investment arm of Egypt’s National Investment Bank. Nick Vivarelli, Variety, 4 Sep. 2021 Medici Ventures in 2018 funded most of the seed money for Voatz. Paulina Pineda, The Arizona Republic, 26 Aug. 2021 The three men kicked in $300,000 of seed money for what is today a global producer of memory chips with a stock-market value of about $85 billion. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, 12 Aug. 2021 The stimulus and unemployment aid gave them some seed money to start the company. Washington Post, 2 July 2021

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First Known Use of seed money

1943, in the meaning defined above

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16 Oct 2021

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“Seed money.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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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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