Last April, we reported on the creation of a new Duality Quantum Accelerator in Chicago led by the University of Chicago’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation and the Chicago Quantum Exchange with additional participation from founding partners, the University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignArgonne National Laboratory, and Chicago innovation promotion organization P33. At that time, startup teams were invited to apply to participate in the initial cohort sessions which are now starting this month. The Duality program provides cohort members with entrepreneurial training, business expertise and mentorship, technical expertise, access to state-of-the-art facilities at the University of Chicago, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Argonne National Laboratory, industry exposure and $50,000 in unrestricted funding.

After reviewing all the applications, the Duality Governing Board has approved the first six startups that will become members of this inaugural cohort. These companies include:

  • Axion Technologies, a Tallahassee, FL-based company led by Carol Scarlett, is developing a quantum random number generator for high performance computing systems.
  • Great Lakes Crystal Technologies, an East Lansing, MI-based company led by Keith Evans, is developing a commercial manufacturing process for semiconductor-grade diamond materials for photonics, electronics, and quantum technology applications.
  • qBraid, a Hanover, NH-based company led by Kanav Setia, is developing a cloud-based platform for managed access to other quantum computing software and hardware.
  • QuantCAD, an Iowa City, Iowa-based company led by Michael Flatte, is developing simulation software for modelling noise and current in quantum devices such as high-resolution quantum sensors.
  • Quantopticon, a Guildford, UK-based company led by Mirella Koleva, is developing simulation software for designing and optimizing quantum optical devices.
  •, a Chicago, IL-based company led by Pranav Gokhale, is developing software that accelerates quantum computing applications by optimizing across the system stack from algorithms to control pulses.

The program starts with virtual sessions this week due to Covid, but is planned to move to in-person sessions at the University of Chicago later this year once it is safe to do so. For more details about Duality and the selection of its first cohort members, you can view a news release posted on the Polsky Center website here.

July 15, 2021