German students have launched PushQuantum, a students club with Jannes Stubbemann as board president. In this club, students get first-hand knowledge of quantum tech by learning from industry experts and tackling real-life problems.
Founded in 2020, PushQuantum brings together industry, academics, early adopters of quantum technology, and students interested in quantum technology. The platform provides students with real-world oriented education in quantum technology.
German Quantum Computing
Quantum computers are often discussed in terms of their potential to solve problems that would take too long on conventional computers. It is also expected to play an essential role in developing advanced sensing systems that detect trace amounts of chemicals and minerals buried deep underground.
But to bring the quantum revolution to reality, more research on the technology is required, and that spans across the institution level and industry.
Quantum Germany, Quantum Entrepreneurship Laboratory
The Quantum Entrepreneurship Laboratory is a 6 ECTS project-based course at the Technische Universität München that brings students from all backgrounds together with respected industry partners and selected quantum professionals to investigate new commercial uses of quantum computing.
During the 180-hour class, students learn the capabilities of quantum technologies by creating a technical proof of concept and a business plan to turn it into a product. The course is divided into five parts:
The kick-off Bootcamp: This is the first part of the course. Here, participants are taught the fundamentals of Quantum Science or Business.
Ideation Phase: At this phase, students dive deeply into their challenge partner’s value chain to better understand their difficulties and provide a shortlist of solutions.
Prototyping Phase: Participants narrow their ideas at this stage to a single product proposal and a technical prototype and business strategy, which they will present during the midterm presentation.
Shipping Phase: Participants will tweak their quantum product’s features and business plan based on the corrections they received during the prototyping phase.
Delivery Phase: Students compile their prior deliverables into a project playbook and prepare the software repository.
On the final demo day, students pitch their ideas to a panel of experts. The panel includes early industrial clients, academic experts to validate technological feasibility, and venture capitalists to assess company value. Current project partners are E.ON, Volkswagen and Airbus.
PushQuantum collaborates with a host of quantum computing companies and organizations, including:
- Quantonation, a France-based early-stage venture fund helping startups in Deep Physics and Quantum Technologies start their projects.
- IQM, a Finland-based quantum computing company focusing on superconducting technology.
- Strangeworks, a US-based computing software company.
- Munich Center for Quantum Science and Technology.
- Entropica Labs, a Singapore-based quantum computing company.
- Leibniz-Rechenzentrum, German academic IT service provider and pioneer in supercomputing.