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PRESS RELEASE, DELFT, 2 SEPTEMBER 2021
Quantum Delta NL announces its partnership with the French national Quantum initiative. As the first action point of the cooperation, Freeke Heijman, director of Ecosystem Development of Quantum Delta NL, and Neil Abroug, national coordinator of the French quantum initiative, today launched a joint Dutch/French job board, listing all available quantum vacancies in both countries. The job board is part of the MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) that the Dutch Demissionary State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, Mona Keijzer and Cédric O, French State Secretary for Digital Transition and Electronic Communications, signed on 31 August in Paris.
The job board, an initiative of Quantum Delta NL, offers a free overview of (almost) all jobs in the quantum-ecosystem of the Netherlands and France. These jobs are automatically collected daily from the sites of startups, knowledge institutes and businesses.
This way, the job board helps startups, knowledge institutions and corporate leaders hire people faster and with no costs involved. In addition, the job board makes it easier for talents to get an overview of open vacancies. Initially, the job board will only show French and Dutch jobs, but the hope is that other European countries will join the initiative at a later stage.
Memorandum of Understanding
The job board is the first concrete step resulting from the MOU signed on 31 August in Paris. Through the MOU the governments of France and the Netherlands support the ambition of the European Union in the field of quantum technology and are committed to investing in the fast-growing European ecosystem for quantum innovation. Many of the R&D clusters and companies in France and the Netherlands already maintain close ties. A good example is the investment made by the French venture capital fund Quantonation in the Dutch startup Qu&Co, and the cooperation in the European consortia of the Quantum Flagship.
The MOU will strengthen this cooperation in areas of mutual interest, including scalable quantum computers, cross-border quantum communication networks, private investment in start-ups and industry involvement in quantum. Responsibility for implementation of the MOU lies with Quantum Delta NL and the French national quantum programme. Both France and the Netherlands have leading positions in quantum and, since this year, have national initiatives for the development of quantum technology.
The MOU and the job board are part of Quantum Delta NL’s strategic roadmap to build a ‘barrierless’ quantum ecosystem for Europe. In such an ecosystem, scientists, entrepreneurs, students, funders and companies easily work together to accelerate technological development and application. The expectation is that this acceleration will eventually contribute to solving societal challenges in areas such as energy, food and healthcare. Market expectations are also high. Researchers predict that the market for quantum technology will grow to over 65 billion USD over the next 20 years, and will reach around 300 billion USD worldwide by 2050. The future prospect for the Netherlands is 30,000 jobs and € 2-3 bln. GDP share by 2040.
Ronald Hanson, Chairman Quantum Delta NL: “France and the Netherlands each have their own scientific and technological strengths. We explicitly seek cooperation in Europe, so that we strengthen each other in this strategic technology development, also with a view to European digital sovereignty. We look forward to taking quantum technology for Europe to the next level in the further implementation of this MOU together with our French partners.”
Freeke Heijman, Director Ecosystem Development of Quantum Delta NL: “The MOU and the job board create a barrierless European ecosystem in which talent, knowledge and capital can flow freely. This is important, because science and technology do not stop at national borders. A few of our startups have a French venture capital investor on board, for example. With this collaboration we can accelerate the development of quantum technology and safeguard Europe’s leading role.”
Read here the message on the website of the Ministry of General Affairs with more information about the MOU [in Dutch].
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About Quantum Delta NL
Quantum Delta NL is the public-private partnership of global tech companies, government agencies and all major quantum research centers in the Netherlands. The mission of Quantum Delta NL is to further strengthen the thriving Dutch quantum ecosystem into the most relevant for Europe. The Quantum Delta NL program received 615 million euros from the National Growth Fund in April 2021. The program includes further development of the construction of the first European quantum computer and a quantum internet, open to end users in business and social sectors, including education.