Qilimanjaro Celebrates 5 Years of Pioneering Full-Stack Analog Quantum Computing

Founded in 2019, Barcelona-based Qilimanjaro has established itself as a leading player in the European quantum computing landscape. Specializing in full-stack Analog quantum computing solutions, the company develops both the software and hardware necessary to integrate functional quantum computers.

This year marks a significant milestone – Qilimanjaro’s fifth anniversary. To celebrate this occasion, Marta P. Estarellas, CEO of Qilimanjaro, reflects on the company’s incredible journey:

“Five years ago, a passion for tackling complex problems led us to found Qilimanjaro in Barcelona. Our goal at that time? To become the first full-stack analog quantum computing company in Spain and a leading company in Europe, building everything necessary to integrate truly functional Quantum computers – from software to hardware. And today, I’m thrilled to say we’ve achieved that goal.”

Marta Estarellas, CEO
Beyond Milestones: A Dedication to Pioneering Practical Applications

However, Qilimanjaro’s focus extends beyond simply achieving milestones. The company is dedicated to exceeding expectations and pioneering a path for practical quantum applications. Their commitment to scientific excellence, shunning hype and emphasizing real-world results, is evident in their accomplishments:

  • Pioneering Full-Stack Quantum Computing in Spain: For five years, Qilimanjaro has been quietly building a robust foundation. This dedication to full-stack development sets us apart, ensuring we control both the software and hardware for optimal performance.
  • Delivering Results: Qilimanjaro is turning dreams into reality. They have deployed the first quantum computer in the United Arab Emirates in 2021 and commissioned the first one in Spain in 2023 at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center in the context of the Quantum Spain project.
  • Industry Recognition: Their expertise has garnered numerous awards, including the prestigious 4YFN Best Startup Award at the Mobile World Congress 2024. Additionally, the company has been featured in top business publications like Forbes and TechCrunch solidify our position as an industry leader.
  • Building a Quantum Workforce: Qilimanjaro is committed to fostering a thriving quantum ecosystem in Spain. By training over 35 intern students and co-supervising over 7 industrial doctorates, they are cultivating a generation of brilliant quantum minds.
  • A Talented Team: These achievements wouldn’t be possible without Qilimanjaro’s incredible team. Qilimanjaro’s achievements are the results of the efforts of a dedicated and motivated group of over 45 experts, including theoretical and experimental physicists, software engineers, and business leaders. Together, through their co-design strategy, we leverage a collective expertise to unlock the full potential of quantum computing.
Looking Ahead: A Leading Force in Full-Stack Analog Quantum Computing

Looking ahead, Qilimanjaro’s ambition is clear: to become a leading force in full-stack quantum computing in Europe, providing widespread quantum computing solutions through our Quantum as a Service and Quantum Computing deployment products. We are confident that our innovative analog QASIC strategy holds the key to bringing practical quantum advantages to the market faster, offering a more efficient path than traditional digital approaches, always keeping the goal of achieving universal quantum computation in the horizon.

With a solid foundation, a skilled team, and groundbreaking technology, we are poised to revolutionize the world of quantum computing. We are excited to continue pushing boundaries and unlocking the power of this revolutionary technology for industries across the globe.

This is just the beginning. Join us on this incredible path.

About Qilimanjaro

Qilimanjaro Quantum Tech is a pioneering Spanish company that specializes in researching, developing, and commercializing quantum computers for specific use cases. Founded in 2019 as a spin-off from the University of Barcelona (UB), the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre (BSC) and the Institut de Física d’Altes Energies (IFAE), the company has a team of more than 45 highly qualified professionals and has already developed two quantum computers in research and supercomputing centers.

Qilimanjaro Quantum Tech’s mission is to democratize quantum computing and make it accessible to companies, enabling them to solve complex problems and optimize their processes in innovative ways.The company provides tailored solutions for diverse industries, such as chemistry, logistics, finance and energy.

Key Achievements
  • Delivered the first quantum computer in the UAE (2022)
  • Delivered the first quantum computer in Spain (Barcelona Supercomputing Center)
  • Won several public grants and accumulated a total of €10M in private and public investment. This includes an EIC Transition with our signature RoCCQeT project under which we developed our first chip prototypes for our coherent quantum annealers, exceeding coherence times beyond the current state of the art.
  • Showcased the first public demonstration of the beta version of our Quantum-as-a-Service (QaaS) at the March Meeting 2024
  • Accumulated a total of customer orders of around €11M
  • Submitted 3 patent applications and released over 24 publications
  • Grown to 46 employees
  • Trained over 35 intern students
  • Co-supervised over 7 industrial doctorates
  • Selected and participated in the Batch#5 acceleration program of Intel Ignite in Munich 2023
  • Won numerous awards and recognitions, including:
    • Best Startup at the 4YFN Awards at the Mobile World Congress (2024)
    • Selected as one of the 7 best computing deep tech startups at Hello Tomorrow (2024)
    • Barcelona Deep Tech Award winner (2022)
    • Selected as one of the “5 Top Quantum Computing Startups To Watch” by StartUs Insight (2022)

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