The billion-dollar quantum gold rush

Market size: US$88.1 billion in 2019 growing at a CAGR of 29.1% during the forecast period of 2019 – 2026.

Private investors had funded at least 52 quantum-technology companies globally since 2012, many of them are from university departments.


  • IBM, at its Think 2019 Summit held at Taipei, indicated that commercial quantum computers will be available in the next 3-5 years.
  • In January 2019, IBM unveiled the first commercial quantum computer, called Q System One, which allows the usage of high processing power on the cloud.


  • In October 2019, Google claimed quantum supremacy by unveiling its quantum computer, Sycamore, which optimizes the processing time of computer programmes.


  • IQM Finland Oy (IQM), a European startup that makes hardware for quantum computers, has raised over €32M from EIC Accelerator, Business Finland government agency and others.


  • National Quantum Initiative Act, passed in December 2018, describes itself as “An Act to provide for a coordinated Federal program to accelerate quantum research and development for the economic and national security of the United States.”
  • The Act infused $1.2 billion into the U.S. federal government’s existing quantum programmes to accelerate research in quantum tech.


  • Damo Academy, Alibaba’s R&D wing, is already working on quantum processors and quantum algorithms, presumably to build a quantum computer.


  • Indian Institute of Science’s Initiative on Quantum Technology (IQT@IISc), have quantum programmes funded by MeitY via CoE in Quantum Technology and Institute of Excellence funds.
  • In 2017, a programme called Quantum-Enabled Science & Technology (Qu-EST) was started by the Department of Science and Technology to facilitate research in the field of quantum computing.
  • Budget 2020 announces Rs 8000 cr on National Mission on Quantum Technologies & Applications


  • Investments of more than $1 billion in the past decade.


  • Quantonation fund (for Quantum tech) aims to raise a total of €40 million to support start-ups.


  • Government announced £153 million investment into efforts dedicated to commercializing quantum computing.
  • UK’s National Quantum Technologies Programme passed £1 billion in investments since its inception in 2014.

South Korea

  • Announced to invest US$40 million in quantum computing

By Vedang R. Vatsa

IT & Management Consultant