Science & Education

02/01 Knowledge spread foundations and science support
Founder & Chairman of the Board

Founded in 2019, SIT is an international research-led institution headquartered in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, and driven by the purpose of tackling the main problems of the world through science, education, and cutting-edge technology.

SIT relies on a network of major partners in Industry and Academics including the world’s top-ranking universities, among which the recently acquired Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany. SIT is also supported by a strategic advisory board composed of some of the world’s most prominent scientists and academics, chaired by Nobel Prize Winner Sir Konstantin Novoselov.

SIT is comprised of a non-profit, research and education part through interdisciplinary university programs and a research ecosystem, and of for-profit businesses comprised of several commercial spin-offs (such as SIT Campus, SIT Alemira, SIT StartGarden and SIT Capital).

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Serg Bell - Founder & Chairman of the Board, Schaffhausen Institute of Technology

SIT & JUB Insights In Technology Conference | 2021

In 2019 EfK constructed two classrooms in Soupa Sérère (Senegal) with support of the Acronis Cyber Foundation and partnership with BuildOn.

EfK constructed two classrooms in Soupa Sérère, Senegal | 2019

Founder

Originating from the great interest in the Acronis Cyber Foundation, the idea of Entrepreneurs for Knowledge (EfK) was born in 2019 together with Serg Bell´s business partner and friend Jochen Berger. With the concept «Foundation as a Service» EfK helps companies and individuals to support worthy and sustainable school projects worldwide. This collaboration provides companies free support through development aid professionals because, with the right assistance, philanthropic projects can become a great experience for the whole company and private individuals.

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Founder

Acronis Cyber Foundation was founded in 2018 to promote learning opportunities worldwide. It supports multiple initiatives to create, spread and protect knowledge. The Foundation has been funding schools and computer classrooms in underserved communities, publishing educational children’s books and developing IT training programs for groups including military veterans, ex-offenders, and immigrants to help them along the path to careers in tech. The Foundation has already helped thousands of people in 17 countries across three continents, and more projects are to come.

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José, 6 years old | In 2019 Acronis Cyber Foundation opened a school in San Antonio, Sololá, Guatemala

José, 6 years old | San Antonio, Sololá, Guatemala School | 2019

02/02 Science and Quantum Tech Projects
Investor

QuEra builds a full-stack quantum computer based on neutral atoms in Rydberg states — fast, high quality gates, and scalability to millions of qubits - leading by top quantum physicists from Harvard, MIT powered by Mikhail Lukin. Development machines (256-512 qubit) with full-stack software allowing quantum simulation and prototyping various algorithms accessible mid 2022.

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Pasqal
Investor

Pasqal builds a full-stack quantum computer based on 2D and 3D arrays of neutral atoms in Rydberg states with 200-qubit live machine and a clear path to reaching 1000+ qubits in the next 3 years leading by top physicists from the leading French optics school of Alain Aspect. Merged with Qu & Co in 2022.

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Investor

QDTI uses quantum sensing technology and builds deliver simple, rapid and broadly accessible diagnostics to accelerate biomedical research, drug discovery & development and diagnostic testing leading by world-class scientists and industry experts from Stanford, MIT, Harvard powered by Mikhail Lukin.

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Qnami
Investor

Qnami builds a first scanning NV-microscope for the analysis of magnetic materials at atomic scale leading by world-class scientists and industry experts from the University of Basel, ETH, Harvard.

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ID Quantique
Former Chairman of the Board of Directors (Oct 2013 - April 2018)

ID Quantique is a leading provider of quantum key distribution (QKD) systems, quantum safe network encryption, single photon counters, and hardware random number generators. first in the world to bring a quantum key distribution system to a commercial market. first time ever deployed by a government to protect the Geneva state elections in Switzerland. Operational since 2007 demonstration of the longest QKD distance to date (421 kilometers)

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IonQ
Investor

IonQ is a quantum computing hardware and software company based in College Park, Maryland. They are developing a general-purpose trapped ion quantum computer and software to generate, optimize, and execute quantum circuits. Trapped ions could provide a number of benefits over other physical qubit types in several measures, such as accuracy, scalability, predictability, and coherence time.

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IonQ - a quantum computing hardware and software company
Kebotix
Investor

Kebotix develops AI & robotics-powered platform allows to discover and bring to market materials 10x faster leading by top scientists from Harvard, MIT powered by Alan Aspuru-Guzik. The platform includes prototyping, AI&physical models, automated synthesis and customized robotics.

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Miraex
Investor

Miraex is on a mission to build photonic and quantum solutions for next-gen sensing, networking and computing - building a more efficient and sustainable future: with exponentially more energy-efficient supercomputers, optimized and safe factories, saving electricity with passive sensors, replacing copper by glass fibers, supporting the energy sector, helping saving food stocks, avoiding environmental accidents, securing critical assets, enabling autonomous vehicles and lighter aircrafts, as well as helping consolidate technological sovereignty and national security for our customers.

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Singapore Centre for Quantum Technologies (logo)
Singapore Centre for Quantum Technologies
Former Member of the Governing Board

Established in December 2007 as the city-state's first Research Centre of Excellence, The Centre for Quantum Technologies in Singapore brings together quantum physicists and computer scientists to explore the quantum nature of reality and quantum possibilities in technology.

CQT highlights:

  • World-class research program with strong theory and experiment groups (25 research groups in total),
  • 180 research stuff and students,
  • 141 publications made in 2021 (average CIteScore of publications = 3.24).
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Co-founder

SIT StartGarden is a startup ecosystem where science & tech professionals collaborate on innovative business ideas. It links education, research and business in a close-knit self-sustainable cycle. The project participants move between the institute, R&D center, and tech park, working together on original solutions across domains.

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Co-founder

SIT Alemira is a digital ecosystem for education and learning. It offers an integrated platform for learning, education and science management for higher education, for corporations and for alternative credentials needs.

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Co-founder

SIT Academy is a coding and data science academy offering a variety of programs. Its teaching methods consists of a combination of lectures and follow-on exercises. Programs are designed to simulate a real-work environment. Every module ends with a project so that students use what they learned, where the final Capstone Project is done in collaboration with industry.

SIT Academy gives people new professional opportunities by turning them into the effective software developers and data scientists.

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Co-founder

SIT Rolos is a collaborative, intelligent multi-cloud platform that simplifies and accelerates the research lifecycle by using AI-based computational modelling. Its R&D solution fully supports scientists in their research productivity and facilitates the process from data analysis and industrial research to early experiments and product development.

SIT Rolos significantly improves quality of scientific experiments and increases productivity of scientific and industrial research teams through its infrastructure and 40+ partnering datacenters around the globe.

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