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A start-up (or startup) company is a company recently formed.

The word was much used in the late 1990s during the dotcom boom, where much stock market speculation and hype surrounded small hi-tech start-up companies seeking early IPO and promising enormous future profits. Many such start-ups started as spin-offs from university research groups.

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See also business plan, venture capital, IPO, exit, Silicon Valley, Stock market bubble.