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UChicago start-up aims to help companies optimize their quantum computing

By Jesse Schwartz
Published: August 25th, 2021

A start-up from the University of Chicago (UChicago) aims to help companies optimize their quantum computing for faster, more efficient problem-solving. has developed a software platform that connects quantum developers’ applications to any quantum computer. The platform is designed to help companies get their quantum programs running faster and get better performance out of their quantum hardware.

“The whole mission of the company is to accelerate quantum computing,” says Pranav Gokhale, researcher at UChicago and co-founder of “This was science fiction until recently.”

The start-up’s early customers include Morningstar, a Chicago financial firm that uses the software program to optimize a client’s portfolio faster and more efficiently than ever before. Other companies could use the technology to solve complex business questions, such as where to open their next warehouses. has raised $500,000 in pre-seed funding from UChicago and is part of the inaugural cohort at Duality, the nation’s first accelerator dedicated solely to quantum start-ups, launched in partnership with UChicago.

“Duality has been amazing because I never thought that Chicago was going to be the place to start a company,” says Gokhale. “But now I think it’s the best place to have a quantum company.”

Source: Chicago Inno

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