Next Year’s Top 20 Startups

During the first nine months of 2012, venture capitalists closed just shy of 2,700 deals with entrepreneurs, investing nearly $20 million, according to the National Venture Capital Association and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Not surprisingly, the bulk of the top deals (those boasting investments of $25 million or more) are in the software category, but biotech and medical devices/equipment are both putting in strong showings this year.

Here’s a look at the startups that landed the most venture capital funding through the end of the third quarter — and are now poised to be the hottest young tech companies of 2013.

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The Immigrant Exodus: Will the US Run Out of Entrepreneurs?

The U.S. has been ground zero for technological advancement for years— especially with the rise of the Internet. But entrepreneurial experts are sounding the warning bell that those days might be numbered.

Silicon Valley is still the heart of the tech world, but foreign-born entrepreneurs, who traditionally have moved to the U.S. to start their companies (or stayed here after attending American universities), are now opting instead to return home, in large part because of the difficulty in obtaining a work visa.

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Getting A ‘Big Break’ at SXSW Harder Than Ever

The annual South by Southwest gathering has plenty of success stories to crow about, but getting a big break here is harder than ever these days.

The show, dubbed “geek spring break” by some, has grown beyond its music and film roots to become a gathering spot for venture capitalists and some of the biggest stars in the tech world. But as it has grown, it has become more difficult for startups to turn heads.

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