In a special focus section on Robohub.org, a discussion was held regarding high-risk, high-reward.
High risk high reward is a phrase often used for longer-term projects or startups. Particularly where some special problem has to be solved before the goal can be translated into a solution.
Often the original risk takers don’t reap the benefits, or the full benefits, of a successful venture. An example is Intuitive Surgical and their da Vinci robotic surgical system. It was an offshoot of the original project to enable remote Americans to get surgical attention in space, at war, etc., a project still ongoing.