August 10, 2021


Quantum gold rush: the private funding pouring into quantum start-ups



Good morning, I would like to share an analysis by Nature titled Quantum gold rush: the private funding pouring into quantum start-ups. The Nature analysis explores the investors betting on quantum technology.

The freely accessible article was published in October 2019 and remains timely:

  • To analyse commercial deals in the field, Nature cross-referenced details of quantum start-ups published on market-research websites and in consultancy reports, together with information provided by PitchBook, a market-research firm in Seattle, Washington.
  • Alongside government investments, hundreds of companies are rushing to invest in quantum computing, with big names such as IBM, Google, Alibaba, Hewlett Packard, Tencent, Baidu and Huawei all doing their own research.

The Nature analysis goes into detail on the value and number of quantum deals up to 2019, including for hardware and software, and provides some of the raw data as supporting information. The Archer team has bridged part of the knowledge gap on quantum deals from 2019-Present with some PitchBook Data, Inc. data provided below.

(Above Graph) Source: PitchBook Data, Inc. Analysis captures the scale of recent activity of companies in quantum computing as of Aug 2021. As support has ramped up, outside investors have looked to get in early on the new industry.

Billions of dollars are now being poured into quantum computing start-ups around the world. According to PitchBook Data, Inc., in the last 12 months, there have been 85+ deals made and over US$2.5 billion invested, with the early players now realising headline deals and post-deal valuations ranging from US$150 million to US$3.15 billion.


Dr Mohammad Choucair, FRACI FRSN GAICD
Chief Executive Officer
Archer Materials Limited (ASX:AXE)

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