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Quantum technology industry to get a kick-start from Enterprise Fellowships

Published: Monday, 01 August 2016   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

The University of Bristol’s Quantum Technology Enterprise Centre (QTEC) is set to recruit its first set of Enterprise Fellows that will be become the next generation of quantum technology entrepreneurs.

By combining training in entrepreneurship, systems thinking and quantum engineering, QTEC will ensure those selected receive the necessary skills that budding innovators need to develop their own business ideas and for them to gradually branch out into the field of quantum technologies.

The centre is the first of its kind in the world and was funded as part of the UK’s £270 million investment in quantum technologies. 

According to Professor Mark Thompson, Director of QTEC and the EPSRC Quantum Engineering Centre for Doctoral Training, the technologies that will be developed have the potential to transform the internet, finance, cyber security, artificial intelligence, energy and healthcare.

Leading quantum technology businesses

The programme has been designed to ensure those that are selected have the skills necessary to become chief technology officers and chief executives of leading quantum technology businesses in the future.

QTEC Fellows will be rewarded with a desk in the incubator space within the centre and a salary of £28,000; they will also have the opportunity to apply for QTEC start funds to support commercial activities, with the total amount of funds adding up to £200,000.

Additional support will also be provided when it comes to mentoring and coaching from top entrepreneurs, technical support and access to specialist seminars and events.

In order to apply for the scheme, which is currently open for the intake in October 2016, prospective candidates are asked to send in a three minute video pitch about an idea for a business showing their passion for innovation, entrepreneurship and creativity around novel technologies.

The announcement for the Quantum Technology Enterprise Centre was made in March 2016 as part of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council’s (EPSRC) £9 million investment in the University of Bristol's Quantum Engineering Technology Labs (QETLabs).

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