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Quantum Leap: Startups going global

South Eveleigh
South Eveleigh
Cornwallis Street, Eveleigh NSW 2015

Wednesday 9 June 2021 from 4:30pm to 7pm

Cicada Innovations in partnership with the Sydney Quantum Academy’s ‘Quantum Innovators Network’ presents a panel of quantum founders to discuss their global journey.

How did they get started, what choices did they make and what does it mean to go global? From attracting international investors and customers to establishing operations overseas, join us to hear their stories of why, how and the lessons they learned along the way.


Dr Ilana Wisby, CEO of Oxford Quantum Circuits

Dr Ilana Wisby is the Founding CEO of Oxford Quantum Circuits (OQC). Ilana and her team at OQC have built the UK’s most advanced quantum computer and the only one commercially available in the country. It is OQC’s mission to put quantum at the fingertips of the world’s most brilliant minds to help solve challenging problems like enabling life-changing drug discoveries to unleashing AI’s full potential.

Prof. Michael Biercuk, CEO of Q-CTRL

Michael J. Biercuk is a Professor of Quantum Physics & Technology at the University of Sydney and CEO and Founder of Q-CTRL. Q-CTRL is dedicated to helping researchers realize the true potential of quantum hardware, from sensing to quantum computing. Q-CTRL is funded by international venture capital firms, including Silicon Valley-based Sierra Ventures.

Mark Luo, COO of Quantum Brilliance

Mark Luo has 10+ years in deep tech commercialisation and investment having worked at CSIRO, QIC and Credit Suisse, and is COO and Co-founder of Quantum Brilliance. Quantum Brilliance uses diamonds to build quantum computers that operate entirely at room temperature and can slot in wherever computers are used today.


This is an in-person event that will also be live-streamed

  • 4:30pm - Doors open, drinks & networking

  • 4:55pm - Livestream begins

  • 5pm - Panel begins

  • 6pm - Panel and Livestream concludes

  • 6:05pm - Networking

  • 7pm - Event concludes

This event is hosted in partnership with Sydney Quantum Academy and SQA’s Quantum Innovators Network.

Sydney Quantum Academy (SQA) is a unique partnership between four universities – Macquarie University, UNSW Sydney, the University of Sydney and University of Technology Sydney – generously supported by the NSW Government. Collaborating with academia, industry and government, SQA harnesses Sydney’s collective quantum expertise to develop diverse talent and a globally recognised quantum ecosystem.

The Quantum Innovators Network is an initiative of the SQA to build a thriving community of entrepreneurially minded quantum enthusiasts.

The event is in partnership with South Eveleigh. The precinct celebrates both the heritage and rich history of the area, and is now home to a world-class technology and innovation hub, an Australian-first Indigenous Community Rooftop Garden, public artwork, and is a lifestyle destination and food mecca that welcomes, celebrates and enriches the lives of its communities.

This event is part of the Visiting Entrepreneur Program, an annual City of Sydney initiative that connects international entrepreneurs with our local startup ecosystem. The 1-10 June 2021 program puts a spotlight on transformative technologies tackling major global challenges, with an emphasis on biotechnology and quantum technology. See the full program at #VEPSyd

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