Focus on the pronunciation of early-stage
English definition of “early-stage”
adjective [before noun]
› used to describe something such as a company or product that is starting to be developed or has only recently been developed: early-stage business/company/firmearly-stage development/research The company is conducting early-stage research on vitamin D compounds for osteoporosis.
› FINANCE used to describe investment in companies or products that are starting to be developed or have only recently been developed: early-stage investment/funding/financing early-stage investors → Compare first-round financing