Great Lakes Crystal Technologies (GLCT), a high-tech startup in Michigan’s Capitol Region, announced today it has been selected to join the first cohort of Duality, our nation’s first quantum accelerator program.

Startups accepted into the 2021-2022 Duality Accelerator Program and their founders will incubate in Chicago and may be provided with opportunities to access facilities, the quantum researcher network, industry and investor connections, mentorship from entrepreneurs and experts, a suite of support services and funding in addition to entrepreneurial training provided by the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

GLCT is one of several companies which have been accepted to participate in Duality’s first cohort, which is slated to run for a full year beginning in September 2021. GLCT’s president and CEO Dr. Keith Evans will locate on site in Chicago to participate fully in the program, and other GLCT team members will join him as anticipated new collaborative research and development opportunities arise.

Dr. Evans commented, “The rapidly growing field of quantum technology is poised to change our future in countless ways, and the Duality Accelerator Program is perfectly designed to help young companies like ours to position to support and benefit from the broad based commercialization of a number of quantum technology applications.”

GLCT is a Michigan State Startup with early support from Spartan Innovations and Red Cedar Ventures. The company has also benefited from the positive Michigan based ecosystem for startups receiving the Business Accelerator Fund (BAF) and Emerging Technologies Fund (ETF), both of which are administered by the Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in partnership with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).

GLCT’s product roadmap includes quantum grade diamond materials which are needed to support advanced quantum technology applications including quantum sensors and quantum communications. A previously announced, the company is currently funded in the quantum technology space by both the US Air Force and the US Army to develop and supply quantum grade diamond materials.

About the Duality Accelerator Program

The University of Chicago’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the Chicago Quantum Exchange recently announced the launch of Duality, the first accelerator program in the nation that is exclusively dedicated to startup companies focused on quantum science and technology—a rapidly emerging area that is poised to drive transformative advances across multiple industries.

Duality’s purpose is to help quantum startups bridge the gap between the laboratory and the marketplace that is a critical barrier to success for emerging technologies. Led by the Polsky Center and the Chicago Quantum Exchange, Duality is also reinforced by founding partners, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Argonne National Laboratory and P33.

For more information about Duality visit dualityaccelerator.com.

About Great Lakes Crystal Technologies (GLCT)

GLCT was formed in 2019 to create a commercial source of semiconductor-grade diamond materials for advanced applications in high energy particle detection, x-ray and other photon optics, electronics, and quantum technology. GLCT’s technology is based on patented equipment and methods developed over 25 years at Michigan State University (MSU) including recently in collaboration with MSU-located Fraunhofer USA Center Midwest. For more information about GLCT visit our company website or send us an email.