An allocation refers to the distribution of tokens or equity that is acquired, earned, or set aside for a particular investor, team, organization, or related entity. In the realm of blockchain startups, careful consideration is given to the initial token allocation in order to support the long-term sustainability of their business models. These allocations may cover various aspects such as marketing, software development, and operational expenses. Additionally, many blockchain projects establish their own treasuries and foundations with specific token allocations. It is common practice for early team members of blockchain startups to receive a designated token allocation, often with the condition that they cannot sell their tokens for a predetermined period of time.