SBQuantum’s novel quantum magnetometer reveals structures underground, underwater or those concealed by the environment. It aims to be the leader in magnetic intelligence, for eye-precision navigation and detection of hidden objects. Since 2017, the company has secured nearly $2M in non-dilutive funding, grown from three researchers to twelve employees, and acquired two paying public and corporate customers.
How does SBQuantum get there?
While launching SBQuantum in 2017, David employed his networking and grant tracking skills to secure a total of $300K from Institute Quantique and NSRC- Alliance for the first two prototyping rounds at the Université de Sherbrooke. Even with this funding, he constantly looked out for more and set his eye on defense research contracts. David pursued IDEaS for almost 2 years and in 2019, the company received $200K funding from the Federal Program – Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS), less than 80% of what he applied for. However, David continued delivering results and maintained relationship with program managers. In 2020, the company was awarded an additional $1M to continue product development.
Through connections from Institut Quantique, David developed the product for a corporate partner. After spending 1.5 years advancing the technology, the project was paused as they lacked identification of customers for their Quantum technology. Joining the Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) changed his perspective, David learned “not to talk about my product but understand the customer and the problems we were solving.” The mentors from Espace -Inc and ACET incubator also provided great insights into identifying market opportunities.
SBQuantum continues iterating their products, studying 6 more potential markets and user cases. They hope to quickly develop their MVP, applicable to different markets to generate recurring revenue.
Review Funding Strategy
David acknowledges that SBQuantum’s success so far has been contributed by public funding.
After years successfully receiving government funding, David believes now the company is ready to welcome private investors and take the business to the next level.
David’s Messages to Entrepreneurs, Government, Private Investors
David made it clear that most technical people can be risk averse and he hopes that all researchers join a good business or find a great business partner to bring their research to light. David’s message is clear; “to the government, keep the innovation funding going! and to private Investors, let’s start the conversation!”
David’s Secret Resource for Grants:
University Based Funding:
- Connect with the Technology Transfer Office to keep updated
- Innovative Solutions Canada
- IDEaS program
- Gc.ca: I searched for magnetometer (our technology) and set up an alert for upcoming opportunities
- Open innovation contests
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