UK quantum computing firm Quantum Motion raises £8m

Posted on May 15, 2020 by Alistair Hardaker

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UK-based quantum computing firm Quantum Motion Technologies Ltd (QMT) has raised £8m in an over subscribed Series A round.

Founded in 2017, the firm is creating technology designed to improve the scalability of qubits, the basic unit of quantum information, with architectures developed at UCL and Oxford University.

The technology also gives the near-term opportunity of integration in a hybrid quantum/classical computer.

The company is led by founders Prof. Simon Benjamin from Oxford University and Prof. John Morton from UCL alongside commercial director Dr. James Palles-Dimmock.

The firm said the new funds will enable it to develop a fault-tolerant quantum processor, based on its patented designs.

The new funding was led by INKEF capital, a Dutch based venture capital company. The round was supported by new investors Octopus Ventures and the National Security Strategic Investment Fund (NSSIF) as well as existing investors Oxford Sciences Innovation, Parkwalk Advisors and IP Group plc.

Prof. Morton said: “Silicon electronics has already transformed our society over the past decades, and it has huge potential to deliver the scalable platform that can realise the most profound impacts of quantum computing. We’re very excited to be working with a dream-team of well-aligned investors to achieve this goal.”

Prof. Benjamin added: “There are many ways to create a quantum computer, but to achieve true

fault tolerance and thus explore the deepest and most powerful algorithms, electron spins in silicon may prove to be the best – or even the only – practical solution”

Robert Jan Galema, Managing Partner at INKEF capital, added: “ The microprocessor only really took off when scalable production hit, and complexity, price and size could be reduced. As such, it is no surprise that a lot of learnings and technology behind the silicon microchip can be leveraged for building a scalable quantum computer that is not the size of a football stadium. The QMT team is uniquely positioned to build such a qubit architecture, based in silicon. ”

Dr. Manjari Chandran-Ramesh, Investment Director at IP Group and Acting Chair of QMT, said: “We are delighted to welcome such high-quality new investors to join us in supporting the next chapter at Quantum Motion. The company is a great example of a top ‘deep tech’ start-up coming out of the stellar Quantum Computing research in the UK.”

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