Capital invested in seed stage companies rose by 23% in the third quarter of this year. Seed stage companies raised $214 million and accounted for 54% of the total deal volume. Companies receiving capital for the first time from venture capitalists also saw a 7% increase to $2.5 billion in the third quarter.

Total venture capital raised so far this year is $47.2 billion and is higher than the full year totals for 17 of the last 20 years.

The third quarter also saw a diversity in the industries for venture capitalist investments. Although the software industry still continues to receive the highest amounts of capital investments, capital was raised for a variety of other industries including biotechnology, media and entertainment, retailing/distribution, computers and peripherals, healthcare services, semiconductors and Internet specific companies.

Based on information from the MoneyTree Report by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association based on date from Thomson Reuters