Venture capitalists invested $6.356 billion into private companies during the third quarter, compared to $6.037 the same quarter last year.

The data, from a survey by Dow Jones VentureOne and Ernst & Young, shows investments this year are at their strongest levels since 2001.

The amount was down slightly from the $6.787 billion during the second quarter, however that could reflect a summer slowdown.

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