Duality is a first-of-its-kind accelerator program for next-generation startups focused on quantum and enabling technologies. The 12-month program provides world-class business and entrepreneurship training from its partner institutions and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Duality is led by the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Chicago and the Chicago Quantum Exchange (CQE), along with founding partners, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Argonne National Laboratory, and P33.

In addition, Duality is made possible by the generosity and support of these corporate and in-kind partners:

Corporate Partners

In-Kind Partners

Founding Partners

Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Chicago

The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation applies world-class business expertise from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business to bring new ideas and groundbreaking science and technology innovations to market. Originally established at Chicago Booth in 1998, the Polsky Center is a multidisciplinary organization staffed with deeply experienced scientists, business executives, and talented staff responsible for driving technology commercialization through patents and licensing, new venture creation, and commercial partnerships at the University of Chicago. Through education, programming, mentorship, intellectual property, and venture support, the Polsky Center provides critical resources to enable the success of entrepreneurs and the establishment and growth of new companies.

Learn more at polsky.uchicago.edu.

Chicago Quantum Exchange (CQE)

The Chicago Quantum Exchange connects leading academic talent, top scientific facilities, and prominent corporate and nonprofit partners to advance the science and engineering of quantum information, train the quantum workforce of tomorrow, and drive the local and national quantum economy. Headquartered at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering, the Chicago Quantum Exchange is anchored by the University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and includes the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Northwestern University, and more than two dozen industry, nonprofit, and international partners.

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University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is a global leader in quantum science, deep tech, and nurturing new businesses. Along with top physics, computer engineering, and computer science programs, the university is home to the Illinois Quantum Information Science and Technology Center. The university’s EnterpriseWorks, meanwhile, was one of Forbes magazine’s “10 Technology Incubators Changing the World.” More than 150 startups have launched with the support of EnterpriseWorks.

Learn more at illinois.edu.

Argonne National Laboratory

The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory is a multidisciplinary science and engineering research center, where talented scientists and engineers work together to answer the biggest questions facing humanity. Argonne leads Q-NEXT, a DOE Quantum Information Science Research Center that includes three national laboratories, nine universities, and 10 of the leading quantum technology companies in the US. Argonne is also home to Chain Reaction Innovations, a successful entrepreneurship program for startups focused on energy and science technologies.

Learn more at anl.gov.


P33, a private sector led non-profit, is building a thriving and inclusive tech-based economy for Chicago. P33 is focused on areas of the tech economy that can generate outsized benefit for Chicago with a strategy to unlock the commercial potential of quantum information science from within the region. Together with partners across academia, industry, and national labs, P33 is creating collaborations to help position Illinois as a global leader in quantum information science.

Learn more at p33chicago.com.

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