Dear community members and partners,
We have big news to share in this newsletter!
Before we go there, a brief recap of what happened in April. In our last newsletter we shared the incredible news about the full endorsement of our proposal to the Netherlands' National Growth Fund, the result of which is a €615 million investment into Quantum Delta NL. ✨
The investment means we're able to rapidly scale the execution of our National Agenda for Quantum Technology, and have the mandate to power the advancement of quantum technology from the Netherlands over the next seven years.
👉 Did you miss the announcement? Here is a link to our press release
📺 Media quickly picked up on the news and featured Quantum Delta NL and several Delft-based quantum startups in Nieuwsuur that same evening (link). The item was repeated on Sunday, when State Secretary of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy Mona Keijzer appeared in WNL op Zondag (link).
🗞️ Algemeen Dagblad captured a shining member of our Supervisory board, Servaas Kokkelmans (link), our director Freeke was interviewed for an exclusive on The Quantum Daily (link) and plenty of other media informed their readers about how the Netherlands is choosing to to fully invest in developing quantum technology. You can find links to some of the highlighted pieces on our press coverage-page (link).
Since 9 April, LOTS has happened.
🚀 The research group of our Chairman Ronald Hanson established the first entanglement-based quantum network, an important milestone towards the future of quantum internet (link). The findings were published in Nature.
🚀 Yesterday, we launched LightSpeed, a stage agnostic, personalized support program built for aspiring and existing entrepreneurs in the quantum realm that we consider to be best of class according to market
🚀LightSpeed's first alumnus QphoX came of stealth mode and announced it's raised €2,000,000 to build a quantum modem, which, the internet decided, means "the widely anticipated quantum internet breakthrough is finally here" (link)
Read about this and much more business news, many upcoming events and several job opportunities in the rest of this newsletter.
Ps. ☕ If you're up for discussing all that's happened over a coffee this morning, you're very welcome at our monthly Coffee Break at 10:00 hours CEST today (link). Or join Quantum.Amsterdam's event this afternoon at 14:30! (link)
Have a great day!
Team Quantum Delta NL
Strengthening the ties with Japan
🇯🇵 🇳🇱 Building on the strong ties of the respective quantum-, nano- and photonics communities in both the Netherlands and Japan, a virtual round table was organized by the embassy in Tokyo to explore opportunities for future partnerships.
Already in the 1980s, scientific groups have been working together on the development of the first generation of flux qubits. Since then the relations have deepened and broadened, putting quantum on the priority list of the governmental bilateral innovation agenda.
In 2019 a Japan-NL conference was held in Delft and later this year, an innovation mission to Tokyo will take place. Joining forces with the nano and photonics communities will add value to our ecosystem and partnerships!
QuIC launched mid April
QuIC, the European Quantum Industry Consortium, is recognized by the European Commission as the reference consortium that represents the interests of the European Quantum Technologies industry.
It's a European-wide project that advocates the common interests of the European Quantum Industry towards all Quantum Technology stakeholders.
From the Netherlands, Benno Broer of Amsterdam-based company Qu&Co (also QuiC’s Vice-President) and Jelmer Renema of Twente-based company Quix will represent the Netherlands in this European project.
Read more about it here.
Quantum Delta NL launches LightSpeed
Yesterday, we launched LightSpeed ⚡a program that can connect Dutch quantum startups with €13.6 billion in investment capital, managed by European and US funds.
LightSpeed is built for quantum startups in all phases, and helps with everything related to scaling their businesses, fundraising, rapid scenario planning, cap table assessment and finding investors.
The LightSpeed team, spearheaded by our Investor in Residence Ton van 't Noordende, guided Delft-based quantum modem startup QphoX to successfully raise 2 million euro in funding, right out of stealth.
LightSpeed is part of Quantum Delta NL's Action Line 2-pillar: Building a Business Ecosystem. Read everything about LightSpeed here. The press release of LightSpeed's launch is found here.
QphoX raises €2m right out of stealth
Delft-based startup QphoX, alumnus of LightSpeed, announced yesterday it's raised €2m to turbo-charge quantum computing with its breakthrough Quantum Modem. The funding round was led by Quantonation, Speedinvest and High-Tech Gründerfonds, with participation from TU Delft.
QphoX's Quantum Modem was developed at TU Delft and will be further developed into a commercial product that will serve as the gateway to the quantum internet. By networking separate processors together, the modem will let quantum computers scale beyond 10's or 100's of qubits.
Congratulations Simon, Rob and Fred! You can read QphoX's press release here.
Successful investment in Delft Circuits
After their continuing success, Delft-based company Delft Circuits will collaborate with 3 new partners to continue their efforts in designing and manufacturing solutions for quantum systems. The new partners are High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF), Scholt Group, and QuVest Capital.
Since its foundation in 2017, Delft Circuits has delivered hundreds of its cabling solutions to over fifty customers worldwide, ranging from academia to global tech corporations to governmental organisations. Their next step lies in the industrialisation of their factory, scaling, and growing their team to over 20 people. The investment bring the necessary funds, experience and network to do so.
Congratulations Sal and Daan! Read more about the news here! 👈
QuiX and PHIX tackle packaging problems
Twente-based companies QuiX and PHIX Photonics Assembly work together to tackle challenges that arise when large-scale quantum photonic processors need to be connected to the outside world.
The project called Qmode is funded with an MIT-R&D collaboration project grant from the Dutch Province of Overijssel, where our Twente hub is also located.
As photonic processors scale up over time, packaging problems emerge. QuiX and PHIX Photonics Assembly tackle these problems together.
Read more about it on the news blog on our website.
Qu&Co and LG Electronics announcement
Amsterdam-based Qu & Co, leading in quantum computational software development, announced a multi-year research collaboration with LG Electronics. The collaboration aims at developing and testing quantum algorithms for multiphysics simulations.
It turns out that quantum computers might be well-suited to tackle complicated (non-linear) physical problems.
Together with others, Qu&Co works on algorithms that might tackle challenges that emerge when simulating complicated systems. This potential will now be further researched with a new 3-year research collaboration between with LG. Together, they will work on testing and developing quantum algorithms for multiphysics simulations that could help LG with their most complex corporate research challenges. We look forward to the results!
More information on this collaboration can be found here. 👈
Rabobank sponsors ImpaQT Project
The ImpaQT-project has acquired sponsoring from the Rabobank Innovation Fund Delft. ImpaQT is a collaboration between Dutch companies specialized in various aspects of a quantum computer. They work closely together to accelerate quantum computer development by integrating off-the-shelf components.
The ImpaQT-project members are:
We are proud of the new sponsorship for this excellent collaboration! 👏Have you already seen ImpaQT's webpage on quantumdelta.nl? View it here!
1st entanglement-based quantumnetwork
A world first achievement from Delft: The team of researchers from Ronald Hanson's group at QuTech, reported the realization of the first multi-node quantum network, connecting three quantum processors. In addition, they achieved a proof-of-principle demonstration of key quantum network protocols.
These findings led to a media storm, as they mark an important milestone towards the future quantum internet and have now been published in Science. 🎈Congratulations to the entire team!
You can read more about it on QuTech's blog (link). The publication in Nature can be found here.
€1.8 million for public key infrastructure
A consortium of TNO, CWI, the TU Delft, KPN, Microsoft and others receives a €1.8-million-euro subsidy from NWO (The Dutch Organisation for Scientific Research) for research on making Public-Key-Infrastructure (PKI) quantum-secure.
To certify whether a certain key belongs to a certain entity, a PKI is necessary. In this infrastructure, the keys are safely stored and distributed when required. Secure encryption and storage of these keys are essential for this infrastructure.
"We're incredibly happy our research proposal got endorsed," said Maran van Heesch (photo). "Quantum computing is developing very quickly, which leads to opportunities ánd threats we want to be prepared for."
The consortium will study how to make the PKI quantum-safe. Read more about it in this article.
Crossing the Bragg-border
Researchers from the University of Twente, in corporation with the University of Iowa and the Copenhagen University, have managed to penetrate a crystal with light much further than would normally be physically possible.
Usually, light of a certain colour (wavelength), can penetrate a crystal no further than one ‘Bragg-length’. This Bragg-length is determined by the structure of the atoms in the crystal.
The light is not able to go any further since light is a wave, and due to the structure of the crystal, destructive interference will occur. This interference-effect is also used in your noise-cancelling headphones.
The researchers managed to bring the light deeper into the material by tuning the wavefront of the laser entering the material, and by making use of inescapable impurities in the crystal structure. This technique might also be used to address more qubits in light-based quantum systems since the light can penetrate deeper into the material.
Wiebe van der Veen wrote a nice explanatory article on the study in Dutch, which can be found here. Exciting work!
Senior PostDoc in Eindhoven
The Technical University of Eindhoven (TU/e) is looking for a Senior PostDoc on Quantum Optics and Communication.
You will work on developing your expertise in Quantum Optics. There are several complex challenges ahead to make future optical communication systems quantum-secure.
In the High-Tech ecosystem of Eindhoven, home to our hub QT/e (Center for Quantum Materials and Technology Eindhoven), you will work at the front of quantum security.
Applications are open until 30 May 2021. You can apply here.
Startups are hiring
Various quantum companies in Delft have multiple job openings.
Grab your opportunity to join these fast-growing Dutch startups and scale-ups operating at the frontier of the quantum revolution.
➢ Qblox's career page
➢ Delft Circuits career page
➢ Single Quantum's career page
➢ Orange Quantum Systems' career page
This afternoon at 14:30!
Join us later this afternoon for Quantum.Amsterdam's event "€615 million for quantum. Proposed, approved, action!"
The event revolves around the "million-dollar question": what would you do? You will get the chance to listen ánd interact with distinguished experts, some of whom are and some of whom are not involved with the execution of Quantum Delta NL's National Agenda for Quantum Technology, such as:
➝ quantum simulation and quantum computing expert Prof. dr. Florian Schreck
➝ Chief Information Security Officer Jaya Baloo
➝ QuSoft's executive Director Harry Buhrman and
➝ quantum cryptography and quantum teleportation expert Prof. Gilles Brassard
Sign up for the event here, and see you in a few hours!
IQT 17 - 20 May
On Monday, Inside Quantum Technology (IQT) starts, which is co-produced by QuTech. In a packed programme spread out over 4 days, you can hear from plenty of interesting speakers and meet a wide variety of quantum players from the Netherlands.
During the Quantum Delta NL-panel on 19 May, we will bring together the leading figures from France, Germany and the United States to share the most recent updates regarding their national roadmaps and -budgets.
With the end of lockdowns in sight, we also want to discuss how best to reboot the quantum innovation post-Corona. We will hear from the panel members about what they are planning to support physical interactions between the various stakeholders: academics, investors, corporates, start-ups, SME’s, students and policy-makers.
Join us! Sign up for IQT here.
Quantum Delta NL Information Session
On 20 May, we're organizing an Information Session about the National growth Fund investment for our community between 10:30 and approximately 12:00.
This virtual Information Session will start with a plenary opening at 10:30, in which general questions will be addressed. After a break of ten minutes around 11:00, you can join the coordinators of our program’s eight pillars in a separate breakout, to ask more specific questions.
We're counting on attendees to have read the endorsed proposal, so information flows easily. You can download it from the registration page. See you next week!
5th QSC General Assembly
On Friday 4 June, between 9:30 and 15:30 hours CEST, the 5th QSC General Assembly wil take place on Quantum Networks. The keynote speaker will be David Peréz-Garcia, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and there are plenty of speakers from the Netherlands on the programme.
Tune in for Amsterdam-based Michel Mandjes and Harry Buhrman, Delft-based Sophie Hermans and Twente-based Jelmer Renema.
You can register here.
Connecting to Quantum Internet
On 15 June, SURF organizes a webinar on Quantum Internet.
Quantum computing and the Internet can bring solutions to current and future issues and challenges. These new technologies hold great promises. But what can 'Quantum' mean for your organisation? When do you step in and how do you make sure you stay connected to this new and fast-growing technology?
SURF organises the Connecting to the Quantum Internet webinar on June 15. In this webinar, experts in the research-field, members of businesses, government and Surf will give updates on the matter. Sign up for the event here.
Monthly Coffee Break at 10:00 today ☕
QDNL organises 30 minute 'Coffee Breaks', once a month on Wednesday mornings between 10:00 and 10:30 hours (CET). The last one was really fun! The next one is today at 10:00 o'clock.
Please join us for informal networking with others from all over the Netherlands' quantum ecosystem by simply clicking bit.ly/qdnlwonder at 10:00 hours.