University of Chicago launching nation’s first quantum startup accelerator. Will this foster the Silicon Valley of next-gen technology?
PhD students Ben Soloway and Grant Smith chat in a quantum optics lab at the University of Chicago on Wednesday, April 7, 2021. - E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune/TNS

The University of Chicago is launching the nation’s first quantum technology accelerator program, offering $20 million for startup companies to develop everything from unhackable internet systems and superfast computers to sensors that can detect disease on a cellular level. Based at the university’s Booth School of Business, Duality plans to help up to 10 quantum startups per year by providing office and lab space, access to research facilities and $50,000 in unrestricted funds. If successful, the accelerator could turn the South Side of Chicago into the Silicon Valley of quantum technology —...