QuantrolOx is announcing that it has raised £1.4 million in seed funding to scale quantum computing. The round was led by Nielsen Ventures and Hoxton Ventures. Voima Ventures, Remus Capital, Dr. Hermann Hauser, and Laurent Caraffa also invested in the round.
Founded in 2021 by Prof Andrew Briggs, Vishal Chatrath, Prof Natalia Ares, and Dominic Lennon, the Oxford spinoff is building automated, machine-learning based control software for quantum technologies to tune, stabilise, and optimise qubits, the fundamental building blocks of quantum computers..
Vishal Chatrath, co-founder and CEO, QuantrolOx said: “In the world of quantum technologies where data acquisition is expensive and the parameter space is large, it is a massive challenge to develop software to characterise and control qubits at scale. The platform is addressing this challenge and will be a key component in speeding up the development and control of quantum technologies.”
Quantum computers need many thousands of qubits, but due to uncertainties in control instruments, fabrication and design, qubits have subtle variations requiring different sets of control parameters to render each one usable. An intricate process is required to reach a practically useful quantum computer. As the number of qubits increases, the harder and more significant are the challenges of turning and characterising them.
The company is initially targeting solid-state qubits where the team has already demonstrated substantial practical benefits.