Quantum in
Greater Washington

A constellation of assets, stakeholders, talent, and intellectual ferment, and U.S. government and industry heft make the DMV the best region in the country for quantum leadership.

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A top-five quantum-ready region in five years by market size and talent pool.

Greater Washington has built a strong quantum industry cluster foundation across the value chain, from research and engineering to application and manufacturing. Our region is home to leading academic research institutions in quantum science and engineering, multiple federal agencies guiding the National Quantum Initiative, nationally focused quantum industry coalitions driving innovation and manufacturing, and industry leaders with large investments and interests in quantum technologies. 

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The PQIC Regional Network Map, representing quantum assets and infrastructure across the District of Columbia, suburban Maryland, and Northern Virginia.

Quantum can be Greater Washington’s regional growth cluster of the 2020s, much like cybersecurity was for the 2010s.

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Greater Washington is one of only a handful of regions in the world that has the research ecosystem, industry alignment, federal government presence and the collaborative framework in place to capture future economic opportunities in this field. In 2020, based on a recommendation from the COVID-19 Strategic Renewal Task Force consisting of 51 leaders focused on strategic regional renewal efforts, Connected DMV founded the Potomac Quantum Innovation Center (PQIC) to equip Greater Washington for long-term leadership in quantum science, engineering, education, and innovation.  

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Our Regional Integration Model

PQIC integrates across the following key stakeholders to accelerate and scale collaborative innovation; and ensure an inclusive and equitable regional industry cluster:  

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Academia & Education

Academia & Education

Research Labs & FFRDCs

Research Labs & FFRDCs

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Startups & Incubators

Startups & Incubators

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Industry & Business

Industry & Business

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Non-Profits & Foundations

Public Sector

Public Sector

Academia & Education

Major K-12 school districts from across the region as well as 20+ institutions of higher learning with over 300,000 students including major quantum research and innovation institutions such as UMD – College Park, George Mason University, Howard University, Georgetown University, George Washington University, Morgan State University, and Virginia Tech 

The Mid-Atlantic Quantum Alliance, based at UMD – College Park, brings together 200+ technical quantum experts across 11 universities, 4 US Government research centers / labs, and 6 Fortune 500s in an inclusive forum to engage and collaborate on education, thought leadership and building a vibrant and diverse ecosystem to support quantum innovation

Research Labs & FFRDCs

12 of 46 Federally Funded R&D Centers located in Greater Washington 

106 federal laboratories located across the District of Columbia, state of Maryland, and Commonwealth of Virginia

Industry & Business

130+ companies engaged in the quantum value chain including IonQ, Cambridge Quantum Computing, IBM, Honeywell, Amazon, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Accenture, Raytheon, Microsoft, SRI International, and The MITRE Corporation

Leading metropolitan region for key quantum-adjacent and quantum-enabling industries such as IT and technology, cybersecurity, life sciences, energy and environment, transportation and space tech, and national security

Public Sector

Seat of U.S. Federal Government and global power; 24 local jurisdictions across DC, suburban Maryland, and Northern Virginia  

Headquarters of relevant federal government departments and agencies such as DOD, DOE, NIST, NSF, NSA, CIA, DOT, NIH, FDA 

Non-Profits & Foundations

Location of the Quantum Economic Development Consortium (QED-C), the primary federally supported ecosystem enabler focused on growing a commercial quantum-based industry and supply chain in the US; as well as the Quantum Industry Coalition 

Regional organizations such as the Maryland Tech Council, Northern Virginia Technology Council, Greater Washington Board of Trade, and others help position the region for success in the quantum era 

Startups & Incubators

Quantum Startup Foundry, one of only two startup incubators in the US focused exclusively on quantum technology businesses 

Home of IonQ, the first pure-play quantum computing company to conduct an initial public offering (IPO)  

What's Happening in the DMV?

View our Event Calendar for more information on upcoming regional quantum events.

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