Quantum At Maryland

Quantum Startup foundry

Energizing innovative companies to bring quantum technologies to market.

The Quantum Startup Foundry (QSF) at the University of Maryland brings together the resources needed—physical and virtual—to support entrepreneurs and startups in accelerating quantum technologies’ time to market. QSF will bring entrepreneurs together with industry and government customers, investors, technical mentors, leading-edge research and IP, and quantum-specific infrastructure (equipment, tools, facilities). Located in the Washington, DC metro area, QSF offers the perfect landing and launch spot for quantum companies.

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Our startup would not likely have been possible at other universities.

Chris Monroe

Co-founder of IonQ, College Park Professor

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Navigating Quantum

TraQtion Program

Connecting entrepreneurial companies with the best type of capital: paying customers.

TraQtion is a market accelerator program that leverages UMD quantum centers, the Mid-Atlantic Quantum Alliance (MQA) and other partnerships to connect companies with large government contractors for technology validation and potential customers looking for quantum and quantum-enabling technologies.

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Creating the best TraQtion for any business

By partnering with prime contractors and directly accessing customer needs through regional TechBridge programs, TraQtion:

  • Supports early-stage companies in working with larger companies and partners

  • Connects startups with partners and customers for market feedback and, ultimately, confirmation of product market fit and technology readiness for deployment

  • Solidifies customer requirements and quantum’s unique value proposition to meet those needs

  • Provides partners with access to a pipeline of promising technology startups

Powering Quantum

The program provides startups with

  • Partner matchmaking

  • Education on the mechanisms for working with large companies (insurance, contracting, accounting requirements as well as IP considerations and protection)

Navigating Quantum

Pre-TraQtion Program

For earlier-stage quantum and enabling technology startups who are looking for grant funding opportunities.

The Pre-TraQtion program helps navigate the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs for specific topics related to quantum technologies.

The Pre-TraQtion program will be hosting the first cohort in mid Summer 2021.

Apply by May 31st

Program Highlights

  • Facilitated customer discovery through a quantum-specific I-Corps program
  • Connect with program officers through QSF partners with the goals of understanding their specific wants and needs
  • Matchmaking with potential research and support partners (academic and/or corporate)
  • Assistance with setting up and writing your SBIR application
  • Assistance with setting up back-office support for government grants such as SBIR/STTR’s
  • Simplified letter of support request process
  • Access quantum-specific market and commercialization assessment assistance
  • Leverage other regional quantum ecosystem efforts
  • Office space (for an additional fee, can be contingent on award)
  • Access to select campus facilities such as 3D printing and the NanoCenter cleanroom (additional fees may apply)

$4 billion in research funding

Every year, eleven federal agencies fund a total of $4 billion in SBIR/STTR. In recent years quantum-related SBIR/STTR funding has grown 19% annually. 60 to 80 quantum-related projects are funded each year, primarily by DoD, NSF, NASA, and DoE.

The Capital of Quantum

The Quantum Startup Foundry is conveniently located adjacent to the University of Maryland campus. This space has a combination of offices, conference rooms, and dry labs. It is also connected to the Mid-Atlantic Crossroads(MAX), which provides secure internet connections suitable for large research projects with high bandwidth needs, such as those in quantum. The Quantum Startup Foundry will eventually move to a new development taking place at the gateway to the Discovery District directly across from the main campus entrance at Campus Drive and Baltimore Avenue.

Quantum at Maryland

Advisory board

  • Fangyu Cao, George Mason University
  • Gloria Jacobovitz, Johns Hopkins University / Advanced Physics Lab
  • John Joaquin, IBM
  • Geoffrey King, Connected DMV and Potomac Quantum Innovation Center
  • Denis Mandich, CTO | Qrypt
  • Denise Ruffner, VP, Business Development, IonQ and Women in Quantum
  • Dr. Ilya Safro, University of Delaware
  • Alan Salari, Founder, Quaxys
  • John Sawyer, Interim Executive Director, Mid Atlantic Quantum Alliance
  • George Thomas, Connected DMV and Potomac Quantum Innovation Center
  • Sydney J. Ulvick, Lockheed Martin
  • Karen Hathaway Viani, The MITRE Corporation

Partners

Mid-Atlantic Quantum Alliance
Quantum Technology Center

Maryland International Incubator
Potomac Quantum Innovation Center
DC I-Corps
ionQ

Partnership Opportunities

News & Events

Quantum Computing, A Paradigm Shift: Israeli and Maryland Developments

June 30, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. EST

While the revolutionary advances of quantum computing may sound like science fiction, they are rapidly moving beyond theoretical science and entering the workplace. Maryland and Israel are early global leaders. Learn from our experts how quantum computing will revolutionize the world and the leadership roles these communities are taking.

Event Details

Quantum Investor Summit

October 12-13, 2021

The Quantum Investor Summit will bring together both existing and curious investors in quantum, including a competitive opportunity for quantum companies from across the world to pitch these investors.

Event Details

New Home of Quantum

$300M, mixed use development announced in UMD's Discovery District, to become the home of quantum.

Read more on bizjournals.com

Potomac Quantum Innovation Center Joins Forces with Mid-Atlantic Quantum Alliance

DMV leaders came together to formally launch the Steering Committee of the Potomac Quantum Innovation Center (PQIC) with the goal of accelerating Greater Washington’s path to becoming a regional quantum innovation hub.

Read the press release

IonQ To Become The First Publicly Traded Pure-Play Quantum Computing Company

IonQ has entered into a definitive merger agreement with dMY Technology Group III.

Read more on ionq.com

About UMD

The University of Maryland (UMD) is widely recognized as one of the top global quantum powerhouses, as well as a leading driver of innovation and entrepreneurship. As the organizers of the Mid-Atlantic Quantum Alliance (MQA), UMD has created the largest regional quantum expertise collective in the world.

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