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In many fields, especially those that will make up the 21st century high tech and high skilled economy, being an entrepreneur is not necessarily a viable option for all workers. For example, a young engineer is not going to feasibly be able to start up his own business because he will not have access to large amounts of capital or people with expertise. A young engineer will have to work for someone else for a few years and learn his industry's ropes before he could feasibly branch off on his own.
In 2010, growth in venture capital investment was driven by capital commitments outside of the Information Technology (IT) and Healthcare industries, which are traditionally venture capitalists’ comfort zones. Throughout the year, 2,799 venture deals raised $26.2 billion, a six per cent increase in deals and an 11 per cent increase in capital invested over 2009, when 2636 deals raised $23.6 billion, according to Dow Jones VentureSource.