Quantum Business Incubation Centre in collaboration with The National Quantum Computing Centre

Helping early-stage companies turn their innovative technology concepts into market reality.

The Quantum Business Incubation Centre (Qu BIC) is designed to support early-stage quantum technology companies achieve their commercial potential by de-risking their route to market. It enables early-stage companies to develop new products or services based on quantum technologies (including computing, imaging, sensing, networks, cryptography, simulation, etc.).

The Qu BIC builds upon the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s strong track record of managing support programmes and facilities for small businesses across its locations and the technical expertise both at STFC’s National Laboratories and at our partner organisations, such as The National Quantum Computing Centre.

While the Qu BIC will ultimately support start-ups working across the spectrum of quantum technologies, its initial focus in 2023 will be on supporting Quantum Computing start-ups.

Bringing business ideas to life

For its first call in 2023, the Qu BIC will support businesses developing technologies in the Quantum Computing domain:

  • Quantum Computing Hardware,
  • Quantum Computing Software,
  • Quantum Computing Applications.

The Qu BIC provides an outstanding support package for start-ups. Successful applicants will be provided with:

Exploit the benefits of co-locating with businesses of all sizes, from lean start-ups to large enterprises, inspiring a collaborative environment for innovation.

Located within the Harwell Science and Innovation campus, the Qu BIC will enable technology businesses to access, and benefit from, the wider collaborative ecosystem on campus. The campus is also the home to three well-established industrial clusters specifically dedicated to the health, space and energy sectors.


To be eligible for the Qu BIC you must be :

  • UK Registered companies.
  • New or existing companies less than 10 years old.
  • Majority owned by founders and employees.
  • Within programme scope.
  • Viable business plan.
  • TRL 3-6

The next expression of interest deadline is 14 January 2024.

The application deadline is 28 January 2024. Early expressions of interest is encouraged.

Get in touch: For more information please email Carl Savage - carl.savage@stfc.ac.uk

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