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Quantum is quickly becoming one of the most interesting emerging industries among tech startups, but most of the early-stage entrepreneurs in the space that we speak to aren't yet aware of all the industry resources that are available to help them.

With applications for the Quantum & Photonics Founder Institute program now open, we're excited to release this Quantum Startup Resource List, which is currently in Draft v1 below! It was developed by the Quantum Founder Institute accelerator and local leaders: 

This is just a draft, and while we spent many hours on this research, more input is needed. Please leave your comments on this collaborative Google document to help us complete the list. There are definitely omissions on this current version. 

Are you looking to build a startup in Quantum or Photonics techThen apply to the Quantum & Photonics Founder Institute today!

Startup Stages

There is no one right way to build a technology company, but for the sake of simplicity we have outlined a basic, common, sequential framework.

1. Idea Stage

This is where new entrepreneurs get inspired, learn best practices, develop skills, validate ideas, and begin to build their team and product.

A. Inspire

B. Educate

C. Validate

2. Launch Stage

In this stage, entrepreneurs establish and formalize the company, develop the product, get feedback from customers, and prepare for the next step.

A. Start

B. Develop

C. Launch

3. Growth Stage

Here, a startup proves their utility, receives recognition, and scales up. This usually requires funding, angels, VCs, and ways to connect them to startups.

A. Recognition

B. Funding

C. Growth

4. Quantum Startup Success Stories

Successful homegrown companies that have raised significant institutional funding, employ a large workforce, or have achieved liquidity.

  1. 1QBit
  2. Aegiq
  3. Agnostiq
  4. Atom Computing
  5. Cambridge Quantum
  6. ColdQuanta
  7. D-Wave Systems
  8. evolutionQ
  9. Hamamatsu Photonics
  10. ID Quantique
  11. IonQ
  12. M Squared
  13. Multiverse Computing
  14. Nord Quantique
  16. ORCA Computing
  17. Pasqal
  18. Pixel Photonics
  19. PsiQuantum
  20. Q-CTRL
  21. QC Ware
  22. Qnami
  23. Quandela
  24. Quantum Computing Inc.
  25. Quantum Machines
  26. Qubit Pharmaceuticals
  27. QuEra Computing
  28. QuiX Quantum
  29. Rigetti Computing
  30. Riverlane
  31. Strangeworks
  32. Universal Quantum
  33. Xanadu
  34. Zapata Computing


To facilitate the steps, every ecosystem needs strong supporters.

1. Quantum Startup Leaders

Successful local founders who lead the ecosystem & frequently mentor newbies.

  1. Anke Lohmann
  2. Franck Franchin
  3. Ish Dhand
  4. Joe Spencer
  5. Johannes Verst
  6. Jose Pozo
  7. Karan Pinto
  8. Kate Waimey Timmerman
  9. Luke Robinson
  10. Mike Lightman
  11. Mirella Koleva
  12. Naeimeh Behbood
  13. Nuno Edgar Nunes Fernandes
  14. Paul Terry
  15. Preeti Chalsani
  16. Stephen Fleming
  17. Ton van 't Noordende
  18. Valerian Giesz

2. Quantum Government Startup Resources

Public organizations that facilitate local economic development

  1. Australia National Quantum Strategy
  2. Canada Global Innovation Clusters
  3. Munich Quantum Valley
  4. National Photonics Initiative
  5. National Quantum Initiative
  6. QED-C
  7. Quantum Flagship
  8. Québec Quantique
  9. UK National Quantum Technologies Programme

3. Talent

Major local business or tech universities and employers that attract and retain local talent.


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Learn more about the Startup Ecosystem Canvas here, and leave us your thoughts on the Quantum Canvas on this collaborative Google document (This is just a draft, and more input is needed!)

Are you looking to build a startup in Quantum or Photonics techThen apply to the Quantum & Photonics Founder Institute today

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