However much we try to find optimism in the health state of the planet since March 2020, it is very difficult to paint a pretty picture. This negativity, both in terms of the financial burden many governments have been under and the stress-related concerns connected to those countries’ populations, was not (and still isn’t) a good basis for starting a new business.
But contrary to this, many commercial enterprises have flourished — most noticeably those startups and enterprises focused on technological pain points designed to help people in this new remote-living world.
Quantum Startups 2020
In quantum computing (QC) and quantum information science (QIS), too, things have been better than many people could have imagined, with a number of startups in the space established.
Algorithmiq, Alice&Bob, BosonQ, ClassiQ, Dark Star Quantum Computing Laboratories, Inception Q, InfinityQ, Nord Quantique, Opacity, Orange Quantum Systems, ParityQC, Quacoon, Quantala, Quantum Blockchains Inc, Quantum Flytrap, Quantum Mads, Quantum Quants, QuantyCat, Quaxys, Qubit Pharmaceuticals, SheQuantum, Super.tech, and Unitary Zero Space were all set up in 2020, just prior to or during the global COVID-19 pandemic.
More power to them, I say, as it’s simply a sign of those founders’ ballsy attitude and entrepreneurial spirit that sets them apart from many others.
2021 has also seen the birth of several QC startups — not the impressive number of the previous year, but activity nonetheless.
QphoX and QuRisk have been joined by Aquark Technologies, a startup developing new methods for miniaturization and integration of quantum sensors for real-world applications with “plug-and-play, cold-atom quantum devices on the market which will be the size of a matchbox.” A graduate company from the Creative Destruction Lab’s Quantum Stream, Aquark Technologies’ founders are Andrei Dragomir and Alexander Jantzen.
Still in stealth mode for all sense and purposes, Aquark Technologies is a good example of no matter what the economic climate you’re born into, there’s always a chance to make a go of it — this is especially true of technology companies nowadays.
This sets the tone for Dragomir and Jantzen’s shared future journey in the world of quantum tech.
Aquark’s CEO Andrei Dragomir is a physicist and entrepreneur. Skilled in quantum tech, microfabrication, Python (Programming Language), computer-aided design (CAD), systems engineering, he has a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Southampton.
Alexander Jantzen has a Ph.D. in optoelectronics from the University of Southampton. An experienced doctoral researcher turned process engineer, his expertise lies in optoelectronics, programming, management, CAD, experiment design, team leading, aerospace, sensors, project management, external relations, and public speaking.
With the year only six months in, are we to see more startups come about like Aquark Technologies, proving to all the skeptics out there that quantum tech is for real and the global pandemic is just a minor hiccup on the road to a full economic recovery?