Quantum Leap

Inspiring the future of quantum imaging and sensing

Quantum Leap, delivered in association with Anchored In, is an entrepreneurship and innovation training programme created to inspire and accelerate the successful commercialisation of quantum imaging and sensing technologies.

The Quantum Leap candidates travelled to SPIE Photonics West in San Francisco in January 2024 to meet industrial partners and network with potential collaborators. Read about the teams' experiences in Electo Optics.



Programme of dates to reserve in your diary

Quantum Leap

Kirsty Annand, QuantIC; Ian Tracey, Anchored In; Eleni Margariti, University of Strathclyde, and Mark Cunningham, University of Glasgow discuss the Quantum Leap programme and the skills being developed to help our next generation of quantum entrepreneurs.

Teaser Sessions - September and October 2023

6 online half day sessions introducing entrepreneurship skills and toolkits and giving an overview of how societal and economic impact can be achieved from research. 

Session dates: 

  • Monday 02/10/23, 14:00- 17:00
  • Monday 09/10/23, 14:00 – 17:00
  • Monday 16/10/23, 14:00 – 17:00
  • Monday 23/10/23, 14:00 – 17:00
  • Monday 30/10/23, 14:00 – 17:00
  • Monday 06/11/23, 14:00 – 17:00

Bootcamps - November and December 2023

6 in-person full day training sessions – selected participants from Phase 1 will transition to face-to-face training, featuring collaborative exercises and tutorial style sessions focused on the realities of starting a business and developing an entrepreneurial / commercial mindset. Participants will learn how to develop strategies to position their research or business idea for success and examine traditional and non-traditional funding approaches.  The essentials of starting a business, such the legal and regulatory landscape for start-ups and spin-outs will also be covered. 

Bootcamp dates

  • Monday 13/11/23 - Wednesday 15/11/23
  • Tuesday 12/12/23 - Thursday 14 /12/23

Silicon Valley Mission – January and February 2024

Selected candidates from Phase 2 will qualify for an exclusive opportunity to travel to San Franisco during SPIE Photonics West to allow them to hone their business networking skills. Participants will receive pre-mission training including pitch practice sessions to build confidence when engaging with prospective customers, investors and collaborators.  


Friday 26/01/24 - Saturday 03/02/24

Mentoring – February and March 2024

This phase is designed to provide participants with a sounding board to discuss and refine their business ideas and gain real commercial insights and guidance from business experts. Following the international engagements, aspiring entrepreneurs will take part in mentoring to take their idea to the next level. 

Showcase event – March 2024

The final phase is designed to demonstrate to potential future programme participants and the wider public what has been achieved during the programme. The event will highlight the programme outcomes and any commercial opportunities emerging from Quantum Leap. 

Eligibility criteria 

The course is aimed at PhD students and Postdoctoral researchers at all UK universities.

Anchored In

Quantum Leap will be delivered by Anchored In who specialise in working with companies, academics and entrepreneurs to explore markets and funding opportunities to bring their ideas into commercial practice.


Anke Lohmann

Anke Lohmann, Founder and Chair, has worked at the interface of technology translation for many years, connecting companies and academic groups. She set up a national network for the KTN to translate the emerging UK Quantum Technology into industry and find applications. Anke has been involved with the UK quantum technologies community since the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme started.

Ian Tracey

Ian Tracey, Lead Trainer, has been delivering UK and international SME growth funding and financing workshops for over 12 years. He delivered a series of regional and sector investment showcase events for institutions including EU & UK government, CERN, universities and accelerators.

Sara Diegoli

Sara Diegoli, Quantum Programmes Director, has spent over 15 years working with business, universities, funders and government bodies to maximise their innovation investments and achieve their strategic goals. Sara leads Anchored In's academic and industrial projects in collaboration with the UK Quantum Technology Hubs.

Anchored In experience