Quantum Entrepreneurship: Support Network

  • Chloé Archambault, Directrice, Développement des affaires, Sciences quantiques, DistriQ et ACET

  • Jake Malliaros, Chef de la filière quantique et gestionnaire principal du risque, Creative Destruction Lab

Building a start-up is not something often taught in physics departments. Building a hard tech start-up usually require massive investment and navigating uncharted territories, from legal aspects and intellectual property protection to investment and developing a company culture. Canada’s quantum future relies on its cutting-edge quantum research institutes and booming start-up ecosystems. The good news is you are not alone! There are support networks that can help you, from ideation to marketing.

Incubators and accelerators are crucial in building thriving deep tech start-ups by providing founders with essential resources, mentorship, and guidance. Here are some examples of how they can support deep tech start-ups:

1. Access to resources: Incubators and accelerators can provide access to resources such as co-working spaces, laboratories, equipment, and software tools that deep tech start-ups require. They can also help start-ups connect with investors, customers, and other stakeholders in the industry.

2. Mentorship and guidance: Experienced mentors and advisors can provide valuable guidance and support to founders, helping them navigate the complex and challenging landscape. They can provide advice on technical and business aspects, including product development, intellectual property protection, customer acquisition, and fundraising.

3. Networking opportunities: Incubators and accelerators can provide opportunities for deep tech start-ups to network and collaborate with other start-ups, industry experts, and potential customers. This can help them to learn from others, build partnerships, and gain exposure to the industry.

4. Funding: Incubators and accelerators can help deep tech start-ups secure funding through their networks of investors, venture capitalists, and angel investors. They can also provide guidance on how to pitch to investors and how to structure financing deals.

5. Validation: Deep tech start-ups often face challenges in validating their technology and proving its commercial viability. Incubators and accelerators can help start-ups to test and refine their technology and to develop a market strategy that addresses the needs of potential customers.

Why you should attend this webinar:

This event will provide valuable insights into transforming ideas into a science-based start-up, especially in emerging technologies. Attending this webinar can help quantum researchers understand the basics of entrepreneurship and gain knowledge to build their ventures. This webinar is an opportunity to learn from experts about quantum entrepreneurship. If you are a researcher or a graduate student interested in turning quantum research into a successful business, this is an excellent investment of your time. This event aims to demystify the transition from academia to entrepreneurship. Incubators and accelerators can provide deep tech start-ups with the necessary support, guidance, and resources to turn their innovative ideas into successful businesses. Join us to learn how you can leverage available resources, including Mitacs programs, to become a quantum entrepreneur and find resources to build.