BSC spin-off Qilimanjaro Quantum Tech named world's best digital startup at MWC

29 February 2024

Qilimanjaro Quantum Tech has won the global competition for emerging technology companies organised by 4YFN, the entrepreneurship event held in parallel to the Mobile World Congress

The spin-off of the Barcelona Sipercomputing Center - Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC-CNS) Qilimanjaro Quantum Tech has been chosen as the best digital startup in the world at the 4FYN Awards event, a global startup competition aimed at finding emerging technology companies from around the world, and is the highest recognition offered exclusively to startups at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Qilimanjaro Quantum Tech was selected as the winner after a pitch competition by a jury of investors, business executives, entrepreneurs, government officials and the general public. The recognition comes with a cash prize of €20,000, courtesy of GSMA Foundry, as well as a start-up exhibition pod and the opportunity to speak at 4YFN MWC Barcelona 2025.

Qilimanjaro Quantum Tech beat off stiff competition from the other finalists - Bitsensing (South Korea), Mica AI Medical (Israel), Ocean Econstructures (Spain) and Whispp (The Netherlands) - shortlisted from the 4YFN Top 50 Startups list. The selection of the finalists was based on criteria such as the innovation of the startup's proposition, its impact, its future potential and others.

Qilimanjaro Quantum Tech is a spin-off of the BSC, the University of Barcelona (UB) and the Institute of High Energy Physics created in 2019. It is dedicated to developing and commercialising quantum computers for specific use cases and with the aim of achieving significant early market advantages.