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As part of the Founder Institute’s Startup Ecosystem Leaders series, we were pleased to welcome Nardo Manaloto of Qubits Ventures last week for a live update on the latest developments in the strange and wonderful world of Quantum and Photonics technology and startups.

Nardo Manaloto is co-director of Founder Institute's new Quantum & Photonics 2022 virtual pre-seed accelerator program, as well as the Managing Partner of Qubits Ventures, a venture capital firm specializing in early-stage quantum technology startups. He is also currently the CEO of the tech advising firm CATALAIZE, and brings years of additional experience working with the SBDC and as a past startup Founder, CEO and CTO himself.

In this video, Nardo Manaloto shares his thoughts on the ‘state of the industry’ in quantum and photonics tech today, which emerging developments excite him the most, what he looks for in early-stage deep tech entrepreneurs as an investor, and much more.  Plus, learn about the FI Silicon Valley winter 2018 quantum industry startup Bleximo, which has since gone onto raise Series A funding, and about all the key upcoming dates for the Quantum & Photonics Virtual 2022 Founder Institute program!  

Watch FI HQ Dustin Betz's full interview with Nardo Manaloto here: 

New Founder Institute partners for the Quantum & Photonics Virtual 2022 accelerator include Entanglement CapitalEvolution PhotonicsOneQuantumQubits Ventures, the Quantum AI Foundation, the Quantum Computing Report, the Quantum Insider, and many more:

If you're interested in quantum and/or photonics tech and haven’t already, head on over here to learn more about the new FI Quantum & Photonics 2022 pre-seed accelerator.

Or, join us at one of these upcoming Quantum & Photonics online startup events: 

  • Startup Funding in Quantum & Photonics: How to Raise Money (Online Event) on 6:00pm, Jun 07, 2022 (America/Los_Angeles):
  • Pitch Your Startup Idea to Quantum & Photonics Investors & Experts Online on 6:00pm, Jun 21, 2022 (America/Los_Angeles):

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

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