Quantum Delta NLa Delft, Netherlands-based foundation committed to scaling the Dutch quantum technology ecosystem, committed €15m to launch the QDNL Participations fund.
The vehicle will invest in companies right across the quantum technology industry, including hardware, communications, and sensing technologies, as well as companies that supply components essential to the growth of the sector.
Led by QDNL Participations managing director Ton van ‘t Noordende, the fund will invest in early-stage quantum technology startups, typically leading the round with investments of up to €1.5m. It will also help research teams launch startups based on their technology. Besides that, the vehicle will offer €50k to teams developing promising quantum technologies, before they have even incorporated as a startup.
The fund aims to help researchers turn their technology into VC-investable startups, and support more established companies. It will primarily source its deal flow from research being conducted at leading Dutch universities: TU Delft; Eindhoven University of Technology; Leiden University; the University of Twente, and the University of Amsterdam.
In addition to the fund, Quantum Delta NL has also launched a new support program called Infinity, designed to help Dutch university researchers navigate the university spin-out process and raise their first funding round. Infinity isn’t tied to a specific university, and is able to offer independent, expert advice on how founders can commercialize their research in the right way, with the right partners. And when it comes to fundraising, founders can tap into Infinity’s network of more than 800 deep tech investors globally, including QDNL Participations.
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