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quantum Business Innovation and Growth (qBIG) Group

This is an IOP special interest group, which is a community of IOP members focused on a particular discipline, application or area of interest.

Special interest groups allow members to connect, share knowledge and collaborate. The IOP funds groups to deliver a range of activities including events, prizes and bursaries. All of our groups are driven by members.

About the group

As a member-driven group, we support the growing business community of industrial quantum physicists, engineers, innovators and entrepreneurs, and the curious who want to know more about this sector.

Membership of our group can support you and your organisation through:

  • an engaging events programme;
  • collaboration with other IOP special interest groups and other related IOP or learned society groups; and
  • an annual prize to support early-stage business start-ups.

What the group does

Our group gives members opportunities for:

  • increasing awareness of the potential of quantum technology;
  • collaboration and business development opportunities across a broad range of sectors;
  • showcasing businesses and state-of-the art capability;
  • linking business to centres of excellence, support and investment;
  • identifying and promoting the formation of new supply and value chains;
  • stimulating debate around sustainability and ethical issues arising as the sector grows;
  • representing the community to national and regional policymakers;
  • capturing and communicating developing infrastructure requirements;
  • accessing professional development for the quantum workforce;
  • informing IOP members in industry about relevant developments in quantum technologies; and
  • providing a networking platform for members to share their experiences.

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Group prize

qBIG Prize

The IOP quantum Business Innovation and Growth (qBIG) Prize, sponsored by Quantum Exponential, is awarded to small and medium-sized companies working on taking quantum technology products or solutions to market. The winner will receive a cash prize, mentoring, and access to the IOP Accelerator and business network.

Find out more about the qBIG prize and find out about the first winner


Chair Dr Anke Lohmann, MInstP
Secretary Miss Wenmiao Yu, MInstP
Treasurer Mr David Curry, MInstP
Ordinary Member Mr Martin Agnew
Ordinary Member Mr Simon Andrews, CEng CPhys FInstP
Ordinary Member Dr Timothy Ballance
Ordinary Member Dr Michael Cuthbert
Ordinary Member Dr Jolyon De Freitas, CPhys MInstP
Ordinary Member Dr Chris Dorman, OBE FInstP
Ordinary Member Dr Scott Dufferwiel, CPhys MInstP
Ordinary Member Dr Samantha Dugelay
Ordinary Member Mr George Dunlop, MInstP
Ordinary Member Professor Robert Lamb, FInstP
Ordinary Member Dr Robert McDougall, CPhys MInstP
Ordinary Member Mr Stuart Nicol
Ordinary Member Mr Ian Reid, CEng CPhys FInstP
Ordinary Member Dr Richard Tatham, MInstP
Ordinary Member Dr Harriet van der Vliet, MInstP
Ordinary Member Mr Henry White, CPhys MInstP