Nu Quantum raises £7m to pioneer Quantum Computer Networking

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Nu Quantum, the Cambridge-based quantum networking company, has announced that it has raised £7m in a pre-series A round.

The round is led by Amadeus Capital Partners, Expeditions Fund, and IQ Capital, with increased commitment from Seed investors Ahren Innovation Capital; Seraphim Capital; University of Cambridge and Martlet.

New investors joining the round include Presidio Ventures backed by Sumitomo, the National Security Strategic Investment Fund (NSSIF), and Deeptech Labs.

Nu Quantum is driving the development of scalable quantum networking, which is essential to delivering useful quantum computing and unlocking the full spectrum of applications that will have a transformative impact on society.

At present, quantum computers have limited capabilities because their fundamental building blocks, qubits, are extremely hard to assemble in numbers large enough (~100,000 to ~1M) to solve truly valuable problems. Rather than trying to create a single large core, Nu Quantum believes that a more efficient way to proceed is to interconnect many smaller cores, each containing 10s to 1000s of qubits, using a scalable quantum network.

Nu Quantum’s product is a Quantum Networking Unit (QNU) capable of efficiently scaling discrete Quantum Processing Units (QPUs) to form a larger and more useful quantum computer. Nu Quantum’s technology is interoperable with, and can be applied to, different qubit modalities, and will accelerate the time to market of transformative quantum computing.

This new funding follows a £2.1m seed round completed in September 2020, which jump-started the company’s significant expansion and ongoing recruitment activity. It will also deepen key partnerships with academia and corporations and accelerate the availability of robust and deployable systems.

Commenting on the fundraise, Dr. Carmen Palacios, Founder and CEO of Nu Quantum, said, “Large-scale, fault-tolerant quantum computing will bring about the technological revolution of our generation. We have built an exceptional team dedicated to the mission of building the quantum networking infrastructure necessary to make this a reality. We are grateful to the investors who share our vision for their support as we scale and commercialise our solution.”

Dr. Manjari Chandran-Ramesh, Partner at Amadeus Capital Partners said, “The ability to apply quantum computing at scale is what’s needed to unlock the potential of this revolutionary advancement in processing power.

“Nu Quantum’s systems architecture approach, driven by quantum entanglement, is unique in the market today and has great commercial potential. Further, its product solution is poised to be able to adapt to any type of qubit technology, which makes the impact far-reaching.”