Quantum News Briefs: December 18, 2023: Anaqor Uses PlanQK Platform to Encourage more Quantum Computing Users; Australia’s CSIRO’s $3.6m for Quantum PhDs to boost skills pipeline; QNu Labs Secures $6.5 Million Pre-Series A Investment; and MORE!
Quantum News Briefs: December 18, 2023:
Anaqor Uses PlanQK Platform to Encourage more Quantum Computing Users
Anaqor, a Berlin and Stuttgart-based quantum startup is making significant strides in the quantum computing field with its PlanQK platform. Launched in 2019 with German government support, PlanQK has become a pioneering quantum platform, earning the trust of over 100 organizations. The platform serves as a key technological connector for various stakeholders in the quantum value chain, aiming to expand current capabilities and maximize societal impact. It uniquely caters to quantum app developers, offering them a marketplace and users and providing access to various applications and quantum computing hardware. PlanQK addresses the typically high entry barriers and costs in quantum computing by providing easy and cost-effective access and promoting innovation across businesses of all sizes. Its design ensures easy integration with existing IT infrastructure through API-driven services, facilitating the smooth adoption of quantum technology. As a Platform as a Service (PaaS) Aggregator, Anaqor’s PlanQK stands out in the quantum computing cloud services market by aggregating diverse quantum resources, offering flexibility, and promoting a community-driven approach. This positions Anaqor’s PlanQK as a vital player in democratizing quantum computing and aligning with evolving technological trends.
Australia’s CSIRO’s $3.6m for Quantum PhDs to boost skills pipeline
The CSIRO‘s Next Generation Quantum Graduates Program, funded through a $3.6 million initiative, supports four university-private sector quantum research projects in Australia. This program, fulfilling an Albanese government election commitment, aims to fund 16 PhD scholarships across 11 Australian universities for research in diverse quantum fields. These projects include developing the foundations of a quantum internet and technology for sub-atomic level observation of biological processes. The program seeks to leverage university resources and industry partnerships to address industry-proposed challenges, with funding available from 2024 to 2029. Key institutions like Deakin University, the University of Queensland, and Swinburne University of Technology are involved, working on various aspects of quantum technology, from quantum computing and networking to biotechnology and portable quantum technologies. The Sydney Quantum Academy is also funded to support projects advancing the quantum industry with various industry partners. This initiative underscores Australia’s commitment to advancing its quantum technology sector and training the next generation of specialists.
QNu Labs Secures $6.5 Million Pre-Series A Investment
QNu Labs, a cybersecurity technology company, has successfully raised $6.5 million in its Pre-Series A funding round, led by Ashish Kacholia of Lucky Investments, Speciale Invest, and a notable family fund. This funding marks a significant milestone in the company’s journey towards global leadership in quantum technology. The capital will be utilized to strengthen QNu Labs’ leadership team with strategic hires in key roles such as senior sales, marketing, and engineering and to accelerate the deployment of their solutions amid growing customer demand. Additionally, QNu Labs plans to expand its services into new markets, building on its current operations in countries including India. Founded in 2016 at IIT Madras Research Park, QNu Labs has established itself as a deep-tech startup specializing in quantum-safe cybersecurity, demonstrating the potential for developing deep-tech startups in India. The funding success, especially in a challenging market, highlights the viability of raising equity for quality businesses in this sector.
SD Mines launches cutting-edge quantum technology courses with $50k lab donation by Qubitekk
The South Dakota Mines Department of Nanoscience & Biomedical Engineering has received a $50,000 quantum mechanics laboratory kit from Qubitekk to enhance its new quantum information science (QIS) courses. These courses, taught by faculty members Steve Smith and Robert Anderson, focus on quantum materials, quantum computing, and quantum communications. They align with the department’s research in low-dimensional quantum materials as part of the NSF-funded MonArk Quantum Foundry. The curriculum, including electives like NANO 402/502 and NANO 406/506/L, is pending approval to become part of various engineering and science majors. Additionally, the South Dakota Board of Regents is considering a certificate in quantum communications. The donated lab kit, essential for secure quantum communications networks, features single-photon detectors, fiber optics, and a bi-photon source, facilitating hands-on student training in cutting-edge quantum technologies. These advancements in education and research at South Dakota Mines highlight the growing importance and practical application of quantum technologies in modern science and engineering.