We are excited to announce our investment in Agnostiq’s seed round. Based in Toronto, ON, Agnostiq Labs (“Agnostiq”) is developing a suite of applications that seamlessly enable financial institutions (FIs) to leverage QC to power their trading algorithms, all without the need of expensive quantum programming resources. Agnostiq’s applications will allow banks to securely transpile, optimize, and deploy quantum machine learning (QML), quantum Monte Carlo and quantum neural networks in portfolio optimization models. This breakthrough will lead to development of new algorithms at a faster rate and better market predictions.
Financial institutions (FIs) have realized that classical computing is approaching the limit of Moore’s law and there is a gap between the amount of new unstructured data coming in and their ability to process that data to make better decisions. As such, FIs and other organizations are looking to quantum computing (QC) to resolve these issues and deliver the high performance computing they need to maintain their edge. Whether developing the better algorithm to price options or conducting trades in one 64 millionth of a second to capitalize on the arbitrage opportunity, FIs need the compute power to analyze hundreds of millions of data points in real-time to execute their strategies.
While initially focused on banks, we see tremendous opportunity to apply their unique quantum AI workflows and best-in-class security applications across several industries, such as pharmaceuticals, healthcare, and energy. Additionally, we believe Agnostiq can become the platform-of-choice that accelerates enterprise adoption of QC and transforms data scientists into quantum scientists.
We are incredibly impressed with the management team and talent. Collectively, the founders Oktay Goktas, PhD, and Elliott MacGowan possess the unique combination of deep technical knowledge in QC, sales acumen and operational expertise needed to succeed in this nascent industry. Agnostiq has also proven its ability to attract top tier QC talent with backgrounds in quantum physics, cryptology, mathematics, and computational physics. Given the dearth of available and qualified talent, Agnostiq’s ability to attract, hire, and retain top scientists will solidify its market position and competitive moat.
We believe in Oktay, Elliott, and Edwin’s collective vision on quantum computing and are excited to partner with them in their quest to help enterprises harness the power of AI in quantum computing!