National Quantum Mission
With a huge population and an unlimited workforce that is educated and motivated, India is on the up as far as the future goes.
This is also the case in Deep Tech, where we can already witness several initiatives in this sector. This summer, for instance, the Indian government partnered with Intel India to launch an initiative to advance deep-tech-based research in the country.
In quantum computing (QC) too, actions like 2020’s national quantum mission — which is being administered by the Ministry of Science and Technology — saw the country invest $1.12 billion over five years in the space.
The commercial scene has also seen growth with some really exciting players changing the face of the industry with BosonQ Psi, QpiAI and QuNu Labs three of a growing number. For more information about those and others in quantum from the subcontinent and other countries of APAC, please sign up to The Quantum Insider’s very own data platform for better insight on this.
But back to India!
Another startup to add to the list, and a female-founded one at that, is Qkrishi. Set up this year and based in New Delhi, the nation’s capital, Qkrishi’s founders are Monika Aggarwal and Prabha Narayan. The two women established the startup to develop quantum models, algorithms and kernels for applications in automotive, finance, agriculture, seismology, signal processing, and other areas. Following in the footsteps of startups like ODE, founded by Keeper L. Sharkey, and Quantopticon, whose founders are Mirella Koleva and Gaby Slavcheva, the fact that they — along with Qkrishi — were started by women is a cool thing, but it doesn’t define them.
Qkrishi wants people to get ready for the quantum era. With a focus on building quantum technology with a combination of research and skilling, the team is working on an algorithm that will lead to Quantum Advantage.
It is doing this by building quantum-powered workflows to totally reshape how enterprises operate in sectors like automotive, finance, machine learning (ML), chemistry etc, and is working hard with customers to produce quantum teams that are effective through use cases that employ real and relevant data for the specific verticals.
At Qkrishi we are on a journey to completely change whole industries and business models
As one of two Co-Founders and Directors at Qkrishi, Monika Aggarwal is also a Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. An expert in quantum computing, signal processing, communications, and underwater technology, she obtained a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.
An organization builder with vast experience in the automotive sector who founded a charity organization across two continents, Prabha Narayan has past experience as a Programmer Analyst for Daimler Chrysler on Assembly Plants Applications. She received a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science from SRM University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
With some leading experts across technology areas and industry segments, Qkrishi’s task is to revolutionize whole industries and business models by using the science of quantum mechanics.