Non-Profit Partners

The Chicago Quantum Exchange partners with non-profit organizations to enable opportunities for collaboration across traditional boundaries, attracting investment and engagement that benefits our broader community.

catalyzes collaborations in the Chicago region’s tech ecosystem to facilitate economic growth and turn the city into an inclusive innovation leader. P33 aims to unlock the commercial potential of quantum information science from within the region by building and enhancing collaborations and translating quantum research into industry-led commercial viability.

Corporate Partners

The Chicago Quantum Exchange partners with industry colleagues to accelerate progress in the field of quantum information. Corporate partners collaborate with CQE scientists and expand career opportunities for the next generation of quantum-ready scientists and engineers.

Together, they advance efforts at the forefront of quantum science and engineering that bridge institutional boundaries.

Engage with Quantum Experts

Corporate partners may engage with CQE members by participating in CQE events, such as workshops, seminars, and the Chicago Quantum Summit, and by visiting CQE member campuses. Through these and other activities, corporate partners develop collaborative science and engineering research projects.

Train Future Quantum Scientists and Engineers

Partners connect with CQE students and trainees, providing them with a deeper understanding of and connections to quantum research opportunities outside of academic and national lab settings. Examples include a partnership with IBM for postdoctoral researchers to work closely with scientists across the CQE to advance quantum research and engineering.

Additional research and education opportunities developed with corporate partners include seminars focused on career development and access to internships.

Current Corporate Partners

Core Partners

Boeing, the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners, defense, space and security systems. As part of Boeing’s Disruptive Computing and Networks (DC&N) organization, which works on quantum communications and computing, as well as neuromorphic processing and advanced sensing, the company supports collaborative research projects at CQE members institutions.

Scientists from CQE universities collaborating with the IBM Q Network, including the University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Northwestern University will work with IBM scientists on software, in particular compilers for distributed quantum systems, as well as quantum transduction for coupling and communicating with quantum computers. This collaboration includes IBM’s support of up to five positions for postdoctoral researchers to work closely with scientists across the CQE to advance quantum research.


Ally Financial, a leading digital financial-services company working to change the online banking landscape with innovative digital experiences. Ally hopes to explore potential quantum technology use cases in areas such as data security, analytical modeling, and portfolio optimization.  

Applied Materials, Inc., the leader in materials engineering solutions used to produce virtually every new chip and advanced display in the world. Applied’s expertise in modifying materials at atomic levels and on an industrial scale can help enable technology advancements across a broad range of applications.

ColdQuanta, the leader in applying quantum atomic technology. In addition to work in quantum positioning, sensing and communication, the company recently partnered with CQE member institution University of Wisconsin-Madison to apply cold atom technology to quantum computing.

Corning is one of the world’s leading innovators in materials science, with a 170-year track record of life-changing inventions. Corning applies its unparalleled expertise in glass science, ceramics science, and optical physics, along with its deep manufacturing and engineering capabilities, to develop category-defining products that transform industries and enhance people’s lives. 

Discover is a leading digital bank and global payments network driven by advanced analytics and technology to meet the needs of its customers, merchants and partners around the globe. Discover aims to accelerate quantum information science applications in financial services – including advancements in anomaly detection, analytical modeling, and data security – and to develop and support scientific and engineering talent in the quantum field.

Hamamatsu Photonics is a leading manufacturer of state-of-the-art devices for the generation and measurement of light. These devices include silicon photomultipliers, photomultiplier tubes, photodiodes, infrared detectors, spatial light modulators, cameras, and light sources. Hamamatsu is constantly working on the next generation of devices and detectors as quantum applications evolve and emerge.

HRL Laboratories, a research and development laboratory that specializes in advancing ultra-high-performance circuitry, robust computing and communications, automated data extraction, and innovative architected materials. HRL’s quantum efforts include investigating spin-based semiconductor qubits as well as interfaces between qubits and photons.

Intel, which advances a systems-level approach to quantum research that demonstrates quantum practicality and a path to commercially viable quantum computing systems. Its research efforts include technology advancements in silicon spin qubits, control and interconnect systems for large-scale quantum systems, and quantum algorithms.

JPMorgan Chase, a leader in the field of quantum algorithms and applications for financial use cases, such as portfolio optimization, option pricing and reinforcement learning, as well as general foundational algorithms with cross-domain applicability, such as quantum search. The firm has made a significant investment in quantum computing, collaborating with multiple quantum providers and forums. Its research team is also actively working in the area of post-quantum cryptography.

Microsoft, which has driven advances in scalable quantum technology for nearly two decades. Their global team of physicists, computer and materials scientists, engineers, developers, and enthusiasts are collaborating with a broad community to advance a full-stack quantum computing system, develop practical solutions, enable a quantum community, and accelerate quantum workforce development.

Protiviti is a global consulting firm that bridges the gap between quantum research and practical business application by preparing organizations to harness the power of quantum computing. Its technology and business consultants help businesses identify real-world examples of how they might use quantum computing and understand its value to the organization and recognize and mitigate potential risks.

Quantum Design, which manufactures automated characterization systems that allow research and exploration of new materials & devices. With the partnership, Quantum Design will support research and advanced teaching at the CQE, launching a new student laboratory for quantum measurements and the study of quantum materials.

Quantum Machines is the creator of a first-of-its-kind complete hardware and software solution for the control and operation of quantum computers. Its standardized platforms lay the groundwork for tackling some of the largest hurdles facing quantum computing, such as complex multi-qubit calibrations, quantum-error-correction, and scaling up to many hundreds of qubits.

Quantum Opus, which develops novel products and services to enable researchers to make single-photon measurements with unmatched sensitivity, speed and precision. Quantum Opus will support the CQE community through a student internship program and research exchange.

Qubitekk, which develops and manufactures a variety of key components for quantum networks. Qubitekk provides entangled photon sources in its support for researchers across the CQE working on the Argonne quantum loop.

Rigetti Computing, which is building the world’s most powerful computers to help solve humanity’s greatest problems. Rigetti leverages today’s existing high-power processors and the advanced computational power of quantum chips to accelerate deployment of quantum computing in the near term. is a quantum software startup spun out of research from UChicago and incubated through Argonne National Laboratory’s Chain Reaction Innovations program.’s software aims to close the gap from near-term quantum computers to practical applications in industries such as energy and finance

TOPTICA Photonics develops and manufactures high-end laser systems for scientific and industrial applications. The company will collaborate with the Chicago Quantum Exchange on research and education and outreach opportunities.  .

Toshiba Corporation, which is developing a global platform for quantum information technology, including Quantum Key Distribution (QKD), based on decades of scientific research on quantum physics. Chicago Quantum Exchange collaborations may leverage Toshiba science and engineering that enables long distance, secure quantum communications, including QKD technology that transmits keys and data on a single fiber.

Verizon is one of the world’s leading providers of telecommunications, information and entertainment products and services. The company will collaborate with the Chicago Quantum Exchange on research and student opportunities

Zurich Instruments, which develops advanced instrumentation including quantum control systems that enable reliable control and measurement of superconducting qubits and silicon spin qubits. The company will collaborate with the CQE on student opportunities and research.

Become a Corporate Partner

The CQE works with each corporate partner to develop individually-tailored engagements that fulfill scientific, educational, and industry needs. To learn more about the partners program, contact