Over $8.5 billion invested in 241 quantum startups: Constellation Research

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Over $8.5 billion invested in 241 quantum startups: Constellation Research
R Ray Wang, co-founder, Constellation Research

A recent analysis by Constellation Research found 241 companies in the Quantum Computing space in seven categories are driving $8.512 billion in investment to date. 

A review of funding announcements, deals in the pipe, and conversations with investors, demonstrated a tremendous appetite to fund all categories of the quantum ecosystem. 

The funding to date does not include investments from established digital giants such as Amazon, Google, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, and Nvidia.

Across the seven categories, security represented the highest estimated market cap at $124.3 B followed by hardware companies at $23.2B.  Full-stack vendors who deliver the complete quantum capabilities will drive $14.6 B in estimated market cap.  Software came in at $6.1 billion and communications registered a $5.8 B estimated market cap (see Figure 1).

2021 Quantum Computing Market Valuations Breakdown

Figure 1. Investors Flock To The Quantum Landscape

Source; Constellation Research, Inc.

The Bottom Line: Expect A Period Of Innovation and Consolidation Ahead
The Quantum revolution has begun.  Early investors have seen the potential and the market is entering a period of consolidation to acquire talent, intellectual property, and product offering roadmaps. 

With over 241 startups in this space, Constellation expects at least a dozen full stack winners to emerge along with five to seven specialists in each category and emerging use case. Security will continue to receive the most funding and attention.  New players will continue to attract funding as the quantum field advances.  The early days of quantum are here and the winners will emerge in the next five years.

Your POV
What quantum use cases drive your interest? Where do you see the quantum players win?

Add your comments to the blog or reach me via email: R (at) ConstellationR (dot) com or R (at) SoftwareInsider (dot) org. Please let us know if you need help with your strategy efforts. 

Although we work closely with many mega software vendors, we want you to trust us. For the full disclosure policy, stay tuned for the full client list on the Constellation Research website. * Not responsible for any factual errors or omissions.  However, happy to correct any errors upon email receipt.

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