quantum innovation lab

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The quantum innovation lab is a short, intensive programme designed for scientists who want to investigate the commercial potential of their research. Participants will learn from industry leaders, identify their technology’s potential, and explore funding opportunities to turn ideas into viable projects. Similar programmes in the life sciences have boosted careers of participants both inside and outside academia.

Who should join?

If you’re a quantum researcher with bold ideas and a passion for innovation, the quantum ilab is the place for you. We are looking for quantum scientists from participating institutions interested in entrepreneurship. Details of how to apply can be found below.


The quantum ilab consists of a boot camp from 3rd – 6th October 2024 (location TBD) where participants will learn about the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and work on their ideas as teams. The boot camp will be followed by a pitch day with industry experts on the 11th October 2024

  • application

    Deadline for applications: 30th June 2024.

    Please find the details on how to apply below. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance into the programme by 15th July 2024.

  • boot camp

    The boot camp will take place from 3rd - 6th October 2024 in the mountains and will cover key aspects of turning quantum research into market-ready technologies including technology identification, market analysis, exploring funding opportunities and pitch training.

    Get ready for a mix of hands-on workshops, group activities, focus sessions and hiking.

  • pitch day

    You will have the chance to get feedback from industry experts on your idea on the 11th October 2024. Meet successful founders of international quantum start-ups and showcase your work in front of the scientific community. 

    The pitch day will include a roasting session, where founders of leading quantum start-ups will talk about their mistakes. 

boot camp



Introduction & Team Formation


quantum innovation

Session 1
intro to deep tech innovation & IP primer

Session 2
applications of quantum tech & value proposition 


start-up essentials

Session 3
idea validation, market & competition

Session 4
funding opportunities & business plan


refining your pitch

Pitch Training & Final Presentations


All students & researchers involved in quantum science from the participating institutions are eligible to apply. To apply for the quantum ilab, please fill out this form by 30th June. 

For more details on the programme and the application process please contact entrepreneurship@univie.ac.at or reach out to your local tech transfer office. 

participating institutions