QCE20 Workshop on
Quantum Computing Entrepreneurship

 

Date and Time

  • Fri, Oct 16, 2020
  • 10:45─16:45 Mountain Time (MDT) — UTC-6

Organizers

  • Andy Chen, IEEE Technology Engineering Management Society & REDDS Capital, Toronto, Canada (Lead)
  • Rafael Sotelo, Universidad de Montevideo, Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Thomas Monaco, IEEE Entrepreneurship, Piscataway, NJ, USA
  • Ken Stauffer, IEEE Entrepreneurship, Piscataway, NJ, USA
  • Randi Sumner, IEEE Entrepreneurship, Piscataway, NJ, USA

Overview

Quantum computing is experiencing an inflection point. Tremendous research energy and effort have been invested, especially along two dimensions. On the one hand, quantum information science, algorithms, and programming have achieved a certain maturity over the past 30 years. One the other hand, quantum physicists engineers, and materials experts have managed to realize quantum computers using several different technologies as postulated by Feynman. Now, there are a few quantum computers available online in clouds offered by different providers. The industry is optimistic about increasing the compute power at a sustained rate over the next decade. So, the promise of real software applications solving important problems is nearing fruition. That is why the field is now attractive for software companies and start-ups. There are plenty of public quantum computing activities—academic, commercial, and governmental—and the field is gaining significant momentum and investments around the world. The workshop will have three different sessions. Session I “Entrepreneurship in Quantum Computing from Academic perspective” will review experiences and best practices on how universities support their emerging QC entrepreneurs through startup accelerators, tackling topics as how Intellectual Property, seed funding and share is managed. Session II “Entrepreneurship in Quantum Computing” will discuss the factors that cause startups/products to fail in the quantum space with a specific focus on technical challenges, best practices and possibilities for improvement. We will hear case studies into the various phases of innovation and product development and learn about the circumstances that contribute to the high and lows of entrepreneurship in quantum computing. Session III “Technological tools supporting QC entrepreneurship” will introduce a set of technological tools that are available for QC entrepreneurs.

Master of Ceremonies

Andy Chen, TEMS President
Andy Chen, TEMS President & REDDS Capital

10:45 – 12:15 — Session I: Entrepreneurship in Quantum Computing from Academic Perspective

Review experiences and best practices on how universities support their emerging QC entrepreneurs through startup accelerators, tackling topics such as how Intellectual Property, seed funding, and share is managed. The session consists of individual presentations of each panelist, followed by a Q&A panel.

Entrepreneurship in Quantum Computing from Academic Perspective

Rafael Sotelo, Universidad de Montevideo
Moderator: Rafael Sotelo, Universidad de Montevideo

Panelists:

13:00 – 14:30 — Session II: Entrepreneurship in Quantum Computing

In this session, 2020 IEEE Entrepreneurship Chair, Ken Stauffer will provide a summary of the many reasons to become part of the IEEE Entrepreneurship Community.  Participants will learn about how we service the engineering startup community with mentorship, entrepreneurial workshops, pitch competitions, and much more.

IEEE Entrepreneurship Program Overview and Entrepreneurship in Quantum Computing

In this session, presenters will discuss the factors that cause startups/products to fail in the quantum space with a specific focus on technical challenges, best practices, and possibilities for improvement. We will hear case studies into the various phases of innovation and product development and learn about the circumstances that contribute to the high and lows of entrepreneurship in quantum computing.

Moderator: Ken Stauffer | 2020 Chair, IEEE Entrepreneurship
Moderator: Ken Stauffer | 2020 Chair, IEEE Entrepreneurship

Speakers:

15:15 – 16:45 — Session III: Tools for QC Entrepreneurship

While the science of quantum computing is still emerging and evolving rapidly, there is a growing opportunity for commercial innovation. In addition to building quantum computing hardware, a growing startup ecosystem is building the software, tooling, algorithms, and expertise necessary for enterprises and researchers to get more out of NISQ-era technology.

The general availability of the AWS Cloud quantum computing service Amazon Braket is enabling startups to build with technology-agnostic development environments, on-demand access to simulators, and multiple types of quantum computers. From the same console, developers can also use AWS classical computing resources, machine learning, storage, and other security and management services.

This session has two components: A briefing on Amazon Braket, and a panel of quantum computing entrepreneurs sharing how they are building their quantum businesses.

Session 1: The Amazon Braket Briefing | Amazon Web Services (AWS)
The Amazon Braket briefing will focus on how the recently launched service can help lower the barriers to entry for quantum startups, entrepreneurial enterprises, and academia. The talk will explain Braket’s open-source SDK and managed notebooks, and show how you use them to access systems from D-Wave, IonQ, and Rigetti, as well as different types of circuit simulator.

Pavel Lougovski | Amazon Web Services (AWS)
Speaker: Pavel Lougovski | Amazon Web Services (AWS)

 

Session 2: Quantum Computing Entrepreneurs – Building/Growing Businesses | Amazon Web Services (AWS)
The panel discussion features a variety of quantum computing entrepreneurs. They will share their perspectives on how they are growing their businesses in quantum computing, the tools they use, and learnings from their experiences so far.

Panelists:

Contact Us

For more information about the Quantum Entrepreneurship workshop, contact Andy Chen (andy.chen@ieee.org) or Raphael Sotelo (rsotelo@ieee.org).