Here is a short blurb that I found at VentureBeat (via Digg.com) which claims that the venture capital industry may be shrinking. Check out the graphic. While I don’t want to spend too much time on this two thoughts come to mind a) part of this is cyclical as institutional investors sometimes choose different types of investments (ie private equity, packaged sub prime mortgages, real estate, etc.) and b) does this mean that business plan competitions (which are based on VC models to a degree) will drop in popularity. BTW, I don’t think so. I think that the applications for business plan competitions are large and I see their continued growth.