Quantum
Entrepreneurship
Laboratory

Learn to build quantum tech from the best, by working on real-world challenges

What is the Quantum Entrepreneurship Laboratory?

Interdisciplinary | Applied Quantum Research | 6 ECTS (Technical), 3 ECTS (Business)

The Quantum Entrepreneurship Laboratory is a project-based course that brings together students of different backgrounds to work on selected problems in quantum computing deemed industry-relevant by academic partners, ultimately pitching it as a commercial product in front of a panel of quantum industry partners.

You will delve deep into an applied research topic as a group to become experts and push quantum research forward, while learning to think like an entrepreneur.
With the help of an interdisciplinary team, you will learn to assess your own ideas for commercial viability and turn them into a presentable product.
Defining a product is no easy feat, especially in deep tech. That's why you will receive guidance from coaches already knowledgable on these topics as well as networking connections needed to get a real feel of the quantum industry.

Deliverables

There are several deliverables in this course that are intended to jump-start both your research and entrepreneurial career. The technical students will work on real research problems and package their final results into a research paper format. In cooperation with business students, you will then assess this idea for viability as a product and iron out the details of exactly what you would need to turn this into a startup. Finally, all together you will pitch this idea as a startup in front of a panel of industry and academic experts. This panel will be announced as soon as the semester starts rolling.

Timeline

This course consists of four major phases. Technical students will take part the entire semester (6 ECTS), while business students will join at the midterm as described below (3 ECTS).
1. Ideation Phase

In the first few weeks, the technical students will meet eachother and be presented a list of ideas we have accumulated that we see as industry-relevant research topics. You will then be assigned into groups of three based on your desired topic. You will then begin to dig into the idea before presenting it in the lecture to the other students. Simultaneously, you will receieve lectures on these specific topics that are actively being worked
on by our academic partners.

2. Midterm Phase

Around the midpoint of the semester, you should have a deeper understanding of the problem and how it could impact industry or become a startup idea. This will be presented in a similar format to the ideation, however, with a catch. At this point in the semester, the business students will join. This will be seen as a networking event and a sort of pitch in which business students will decide which technical projects they want to take further. Technical and business teams will then be matched in order to assess the ideas internally and decide where a product could be developed.

3. Demo Day

The newly formed interdisciplinary teams will now work towards building a true startup pitch that will be given in front of a panel of experts. This phase will teach your ability to collaborate with people from different backgrounds, require you to analyse your own idea for any holes, both technically and commercially, as well as test your ability to concisely condense it into something understandable by a diverse audience.

4. Final Deliverables Phase

After your exams, you will develop both a technical paper detailing your research as well as a business white paper outlining all the details of the product's viability and the monetary and personnel costs needed to create a startup. This phase is meant to facilitate any next steps following the course, whether that be publishing the technical paper with a research group or starting a true startup.

Challenges

In cooperation with academic partners, we have created a topic list of challenges deemed industry-relevant. You will select a topic and have regular check-ins with a researcher working on it as well as with the organizational team to guide your progress.

Check out our previous cohorts from past semesters at
- QEL WS20/21
- QEL WS21/22
- QEL SS22
- QEL WS22/23

Lectures and Workshops

The course is filled with invited lectures and workshops from experts in industry, academia and startups. They will provide you with all the knowledge you would need to create your dream startup! Keep an eye on our social media, or check out our previous editions from the previous semesters at
- QEL WS20/21
- QEL WS21/22
- QEL SS22
- QEL WS22/23
Prof. Stefan Filipp
TU Munich, Walther Meißner Institut
Prof. Frank Pollmann
TU Munich
Thomas Hubregtsen
FU Berlin, PushQuantum
Raúl Berganza Gómez
CDTM, PushQuantum
Prof. Stefan Filipp
TU Munich, Walther Meißner Institut
Prof. Frank Pollmann
TU Munich

Challenge Partners

Martin Leib
Volkswagen
Thierry Botter
Airbus

Challenge partners

Dr. Martin Leib
Quantum Algorithms Researcher 
Munich Data:lab
Ann-Lee Ramcherita
Flight Physics Innovation and Services Leader
Airbus
Dr. Thierry Botter
Head of Airbus Blue Sky
Deputy-Head of Airbus Central R&T
Airbus
Dr. Corey O'Meara
Quantum Computing Lead 
Senior Data Scientist
E.ON

Guest lecturers sneak-peek

Julianna Murphy
UX Design Lead, IBM Quantum
UX Prototyping in Quantum
Jan Goetz
CEO, IQM Quantum Computers
Fundraising for QC Startups
Julianna Murphy
UX Design Lead, IBM Quantum
UX Prototyping in Quantum
Jan Goetz
CEO, IQM Quantum Computers
Fundraising for QC Startups
Lucian Comandar
BCG, Consultant
Stakeholder Management
Natalie Taylor
Visual Design Lead, IBM Quantum
UX Prototyping in Quantum

Teaching assistants

Aritra Sarkar
TU Delft
Marina Fernández Fernández-Campoamor
CDTM, TUM
Remy Goldstein
CDTM, LMU
Alissa Wilms
FU Berlin, Porsche Digital

How to apply  

Application period for the summer semester 2024 will close on 31st of March 2024.

Only two simple steps remain to kick-start your quantum entrepreneurial journey:

1. Apply by filling the following form with some relevant information about you. Authenticity, motivation, and program fit are key

Applications open

2. Once accepted, register to the course at TUMOnline, either at the School of Management or Physics/Informatics

Registration closed

People

Course organizers

Aaron Sander
PhD Student TUM, PushQuantum
Christopher Trummer
Managing Director Venture Lab Quantum
Rosaria Cercola
Project Manager Venture Lab Quantum

Academic coordinators

Prof. Stefan Filipp
TU Munich, Walther Meißner Institut
Prof. Christian Mendl
TU Munich
Prof. Frank Pollmann
TU Munich, MPG
Prof. Isabell Welpe
TU Munich
Prof. Robert Wille
TU Munich
Prof. Stefan Filipp
TU Munich, Walther Meißner Institut
Prof. Frank Pollmann
TU Munich
Thomas Hubregtsen
FU Berlin, PushQuantum
Raúl Berganza Gómez
CDTM, PushQuantum
Prof. Stefan Filipp
TU Munich, Walther Meißner Institut
Prof. Frank Pollmann
TU Munich

Challenge Partners

Martin Leib
Volkswagen
Thierry Botter
Airbus

Challenge partners

Dr. Martin Leib
Quantum Algorithms Researcher 
Munich Data:lab
Ann-Lee Ramcherita
Flight Physics Innovation and Services Leader
Airbus
Dr. Thierry Botter
Head of Airbus Blue Sky
Deputy-Head of Airbus Central R&T
Airbus
Dr. Corey O'Meara
Quantum Computing Lead 
Senior Data Scientist
E.ON

Guest lecturers sneak-peek

Julianna Murphy
UX Design Lead, IBM Quantum
UX Prototyping in Quantum
Jan Goetz
CEO, IQM Quantum Computers
Fundraising for QC Startups
Julianna Murphy
UX Design Lead, IBM Quantum
UX Prototyping in Quantum
Jan Goetz
CEO, IQM Quantum Computers
Fundraising for QC Startups
Lucian Comandar
BCG, Consultant
Stakeholder Management
Natalie Taylor
Visual Design Lead, IBM Quantum
UX Prototyping in Quantum

Teaching assistants

Aritra Sarkar
TU Delft
Marina Fernández Fernández-Campoamor
CDTM, TUM
Remy Goldstein
CDTM, LMU
Alissa Wilms
FU Berlin, Porsche Digital
Thomas Hubregtsen
FU Berlin
Program Coordinator
Raúl Berganza Gómez
CDTM, TUM
Program Coordinator

Previous Partner Institutions & Companies

Prof. Stefan Filipp
TU Munich, Walther Meißner Institut
Prof. Frank Pollmann
TU Munich
Thomas Hubregtsen
FU Berlin, PushQuantum
Raúl Berganza Gómez
CDTM, PushQuantum
Prof. Stefan Filipp
TU Munich, Walther Meißner Institut
Prof. Frank Pollmann
TU Munich

Challenge Partners

Martin Leib
Volkswagen
Thierry Botter
Airbus

Challenge partners

Dr. Martin Leib
Quantum Algorithms Researcher 
Munich Data:lab
Ann-Lee Ramcherita
Flight Physics Innovation and Services Leader
Airbus
Dr. Thierry Botter
Head of Airbus Blue Sky
Deputy-Head of Airbus Central R&T
Airbus
Dr. Corey O'Meara
Quantum Computing Lead 
Senior Data Scientist
E.ON

Guest lecturers sneak-peek

Julianna Murphy
UX Design Lead, IBM Quantum
UX Prototyping in Quantum
Jan Goetz
CEO, IQM Quantum Computers
Fundraising for QC Startups
Julianna Murphy
UX Design Lead, IBM Quantum
UX Prototyping in Quantum
Jan Goetz
CEO, IQM Quantum Computers
Fundraising for QC Startups
Lucian Comandar
BCG, Consultant
Stakeholder Management
Natalie Taylor
Visual Design Lead, IBM Quantum
UX Prototyping in Quantum

Teaching assistants

Aritra Sarkar
TU Delft
Marina Fernández Fernández-Campoamor
CDTM, TUM
Remy Goldstein
CDTM, LMU
Alissa Wilms
FU Berlin, Porsche Digital
Thomas Hubregtsen
FU Berlin
Program Coordinator
Raúl Berganza Gómez
CDTM, TUM
Program Coordinator

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