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 New 'Founder Institute Quantum & Photonics Virtual 2022' accelerator program to help deep-tech entrepreneurs launch and build the emerging entangled and energetic future


In late 2021, IBM pushed quantum computing forward yet again with the announcement of 'Eagle,' the world's most powerful superconducting processor to date, boasting 127-qubits - and, upstarts like QuEra are already aiming for 256 qubits and beyond. While it's impossible to predict all the future applications that quantum computing and other cutting-edge photonics technologies will unlock for humanity, it is certain is that we stand today at the beginning of strange and wonderful new age, where deep tech's 'spooky action' becomes increasingly indistinguishable from fiction. 

That is why we are excited to announce we have teamed up with leading industry partners to launch the new Founder Institute Quantum & Photonics Virtual 2022 accelerator program!


Founder Institute is the world’s most proven network to turn ideas into fundable startups, and startups into global businesses. New Founder Institute partners for the Quantum & Photonics Virtual 2022 accelerator include Entanglement Capital, Evolution Photonics, OneQuantumQubits Ventures, the Quantum AI Foundation, the Quantum Computing Report, the Quantum Insider, and many more:

The goal of the accelerator program is to help launch more than 20 promising quantum and photonics technology companies in 2022, and further establish Founder Institute as a global startup ecosystem leader for such early-stage deep tech founders.

Previous Founder Institute Alumni in the quantum space include Bleximo, a company which recently raised Series A funding, has partnered with the US Department of Energy, and is developing full-stack superconducting application-specific quantum computers by co-designing algorithms and hardware to deliver first quantum advantage.

Applications to the Quantum & Photonics Virtual 2022 Founder Institute are now open, and anyone building an applicable deep tech company can apply at FI.co/apply/location_forthcoming

To celebrate, the Founder Institute will host several free online quantum and photonics tech-focused events in the coming weeks, where you can learn from top industry entrepreneurs and investors:

  • Founder Institute Online Information Session: https://FI.co/infosession

The experts that have been critical in launching the Quantum & Photonics Virtual 2022 Founder Institute include program leaders Beth KucharMariano Troccoli, and Nardo Manaloto. 

Opportunities are rapidly emerging today in applying quantum and photonics technologies - and there's now an increasingly connected startup ecosystem to support even pre-seed stage innovators in these deep tech arenas. Founder Institute can increase any aspiring technology entrepreneur's chances of success, by providing the necessary founder mindset and key network connections to push cutting edge tech out of the lab and into the marketplace!

In addition, many top industry founders, CEOs, advisors, and investors have signed on to mentor participating entrepreneurs in the Quantum & Photonics Virtual 2022 Founder Institute program, including:

  • Aaron Patzer: Founder, Mint.com
  • Adeo Ressi: CEO, Decile Group / VC Lab
  • Alexandra Johnson: Managing Director, DFJ VTB Aurora
  • Alexandra Wilson: Founder, Investor & Advisor, Gilt Group, Montage Ventures
  • Alexis Beechen: Co-Founder & CEO, The Drop, Mangrove Estates
  • Bob Richards: Founder & CEO, Moon Express
  • Bram Cohen: Founder, BitTorrent, Chia Network
  • Cheryl Yeoh: Founder, Investor & Advisor, Reclip.It, MaGIC
  • Claire Mc Gregor: Co-Founder, Appbot
  • David Sacks: Founder & Investor, Yammer, Paypal, Zenefits
  • David Wu: General Partner, Maveron Ventures
  • David Rose: Author & CEO, Gust, New York Angels
  • Divya Gugnani: Co-Founder, Send the Trend, Wander Beauty
  • Emna Ghariani: Global Director, Founder Institute MENA
  • Eren Bali: Founder, Udemy, Carbon Health
  • Eric Ries: Author & Founder, The Lean Startup, Long Term Stock Exchange
  • Garrett Camp: Founder, Uber, Expa, StumbleUpon
  • Gina Bianchini: Founder & CEO, Mighty Networks, Former CEO of Ning
  • Heather Harde: CEO, TechCrunch
  • Holly Liu: Co-Founder, Kabam
  • Jason Calacanis: Author, Investor & Founder, Inside.com, LAUNCH Accelerator
  • Jason Johnson: Founder & CEO, August
  • Jeffrey Paine: Managing Partner, Golden Gate Ventures, Singapore
  • Jessica Alter: Entrepreneur & Advisor, Tech for Campaigns, Social Capital
  • Jessica Mah: Founder & CEO, inDinero, Impact Collective
  • Jill Stelfox: Co-Founder, Graffiti Sports, Binary Group
  • Jilliene Helman: CEO, RealtyMogul.com
  • Joanna Lord: CMO, ClassPass
  • Jonathan Greechan: Co-Founder & CEO, Founder Institute
  • Jonathan Abrams: Founder, Nuzzel, Friendster
  • Justin Moore: CEO & Investor, Axcient
  • Kenneth Hogrefe: CEO and Founder, Tech Africa Pte. Ltd.
  • Kirsten Rose: Head of Low Emissions, BHP, Clean Energy Entrepreneur
  • Lucy Beard: Founder & CEO, feetZ
  • Mark Pincus: Founder, Zynga
  • Michael Seibel: CEO & Partner, Y Combinator
  • Nitin Pachisia: Founding Partner, Unshackled Ventures
  • Phil Libin: Founder, All Turtles, Former CEO of Evernote
  • Rashmi Sinha: Co-Founder, SlideShare
  • Robin Chase: Co-Founder & Former CEO, Zipcar
  • Rosemarie Truman: Founder & General Partner, Gazelle Futures, Center for Advancing Innovation
  • Sam Yagan: Co-Founder, OK Cupid, ShopRunner, Techstars Chicago
  • Scott Heiferman: Co-Founder & CEO, Meetup
  • Scott Painter: Founder, Fair.com, TrueCar, CarsDirect.com
  • Sergio Maziano: Founder & CEO, NEXT Solutions
  • Tim Ferriss: Angel Investor & Author, 4-Hour Workweek

  • And many more to be announced.

The Founder Institute's structured program results speak for themselves: FI Alumni have raised over $1.75BN in funding, and are building impactful businesses across 200+ cities and 100+ countries all across the globe. (see the FI 50 Report here).

Join the new FI Quatum & Photonics Tech accelerator in 2022. 

Apply to the Quantum & Photonics Virtual 2022 Founder Institute today, or learn more at FI.co/quantum_americas.  

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