On April 14 the European Quantum Industry Consortium (QuIC) successfully started its activity with the first General Assembly held online.
As detailed in the QuIC press release, the event gathered more than 100 members from all sectors of the quantum technologies industry in Europe, representing SMEs, large corporations, venture capitalists as well as research organizations, academic institutions and other industrial associations from all over the continent.
This first General Assembly of the QuIC is the result of a long work process started in early 2020, when the Quantum Community Network, one of the three governing bodies of the Quantum Flagship initiative, expressed the need of a “privately owned body with the mission to advocate, promote, and foster the common interests of the European Quantum Industry towards all Quantum Technologies stakeholders ”. A task force launched the initiative on June 24th, 2020, with the first “Towards a European Quantum Industry Consortium” teleconference. The event was a success, seeing the participation of 273 industry and RTO representatives, from 24 different European countries.
In this General Assembly the first Governing Board was elected, electing Laure Le Bars (SAP) as President, Benno Broer (Qu&Co) and Thomas Strohm (Bosch) as Vice Presidents, and Enrique Lizaso (Multiverse Computing) as its Treasurer.
The Quantum Industry Consortium (QuIC) advocates, promotes, and fosters the common interests of the European Quantum Industry towards all Quantum Technology stakeholders.
The QuIC objectives are as follows:
- Identify gaps in the Quantum Technology sector in terms of supply chain, enabling components and / or technologies, performance, intellectual property, standards, workforce.
- Identify applications and use cases in different areas.
- Facilitate the coordination between Quantum Technology industries.
- Advocate the Quantum Technology industry needs towards public stakeholders.
- Nurture a fair and sustainable Quantum Technology business environment in Europe and ensure its global competitiveness.
Aware of the importance of an organization like QuIC for the development of quantum computing in Europe, as we have published in other posts, aQuantum has actively participated in the QuIC creation process since June 24th, 2020, with the first “Towards a European Quantum Industry Consortium” teleconference. From now aQuantum, as a full member of QuIC, will continue working to support QuIC in achieving goals set for the benefit of the european quantum industry and thus contribute to the acceleration of the adoption of quantum computing applied to the real world in Europe.
You can access the full press release of QuIC here