Universal Quantum

Universal Quantum, a spun-out from The University of Sussex, is a disruptive new player on the global quantum computing stage.

Universal Quantum aims to make the world a better place by engineering the future of computing.

Universal Quantum was founded in 2018 by Professor Winfried Hensinger and Dr Sebastian Weidt. The company is headquartered in Brighton, Brighton, United Kingdom.


Universal Quantum combines the world leading physical performance of trapped ion qubits with our scalable engineering and control solutions to develop truly impactful quantum computers.

Universal Quantum substantially reduces the necessary cooling requirements, allowing to operate at a much easier to obtain temperature of (-200C) which is critical in making quantum computers far more practical and capable of operating millions of qubits.

Universal Quantum has also developed a unique modular approach based on fast electric-field links connecting individual modules, enabling the company to scale-up to practical quantum computers that are able to process millions of qubits.


Universal Quantum has raised £3.6M ($4.5M) in a Seed round of funding on June 15, 2020. Backers included Hoxton Ventures, who were early backers of Deliveroo, Village Global, backed by the likes of Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Jeff Bezos, Propagator VC, Luminous VC, 7Percent, as well as influential individuals.



  • Year founded: 2018
  • Funding Info: £3.6M ($4.5M) over 1 Round (Funding Type: Seed- Series Unknown)
  • Yearly Revenue: NA
  • Employee Size: 11-50
  • Business Valuation: NA
  • City/Town: Brighton
  • State: Brighton
  • Country: United Kingdom
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