2021 | IEEE Quantum Week

2021 | IEEE Quantum Week

2021 October 18 – 22
Location: Virtual

Quantum Computing Entrepreneurship

The second IEEE International Conference on Quantum Computing and Engineering (QCE21) — IEEE Quantum Week 2021 —  brings together quantum professionals, researchers, educators, entrepreneurs, champions, and enthusiasts to exchange and share their experiences, challenges, research results, innovations, applications, pathways and enthusiasm on all aspects of quantum computing, engineering and technologies. Through contributions and participation from the international quantum community, IEEE Quantum Week 2021 aims to form an exceptional conference program with world-class keynote speakers, technical paper presentations, innovative posters, exciting exhibits, technical briefings, workforce-building tutorials, community-building workshops, stimulating panels, and Birds-of-Feather sessions. Read More.

Entrepreneurial Program

2021 Women Investors Session
Date: Monday, 18 October
Session Length: 90 Minutes

Quantum Computing is experiencing a turning point. It has been a theoretical promise since the beginning of the 1990s. Researchers from multiple domains in mathematics, quantum physics, and materials have been working on how to develop and implement a quantum machine. Now, there are quantum computers available online through different providers. The industry is very optimistic about increasing computing power at a sustained rate in the next few years. So, the software applications solving daily problems on quantum computers are being developed and will be available soon. That is why the field now is attractive for startups. There is engagement from academia, businesses, and government concerning Quantum Computing, and the field is gaining much interest and funding.

The workshops will engage Quantum Computing entrepreneurs who will share their experiences and the available resources for supporting QC entrepreneurship. One of the workshops will include the viewpoint of Quantum Computing investing by women VC investors – Cassandra Carothers, Rebecca Krauthamer, Nicole Ruiz, Leesa Soulodre, and Joanne Wong.

  • Each person introduces the VC she represents and a basic introduction of funding stages.
  • What is particular about investing in QC? Concrete applications are some years ahead.
  • What does an investor look for in a QC start-up?
  • How is a QC start-up valued?
  • What is your main interest when investing? People? IP? Product? Business leads?