UbiQD, an advanced materials company powering product innovations in agriculture, clean energy, and security in New Mexico, has been named one of the top emerging nanotechnology startups of 2020 by Tracxn.
Tracxn keeps track of the latest happenings in the world of startups and their associated ecosystems, which includes venture capital funds, private equity funds and investment banks amongst others. Tracxn’s ‘Nanotechnology startups 2020’ is a curated list of the most promising startups leading the Nanotechnology industry from across the globe. Tracxn is the research partner of choice for over 1000 investors, corporates and government bodies.
Tracxn has labeled UbiQD what they call a “minicorn’. Minicorns are high growth early stage ventures (Series A+). Tracxn says to watch out for these companies as they take the business to the next level, by scaling up for the accelerated growth.
UbiQD, founded in 2014, is an advanced materials company powering product innovations in agriculture, clean energy, and security. They have successfully created the technology behind quantum dots that are safer, have lower cost and high stability. They are also the first to create a quantum dot based luminescent film to increase greenhouse yields (UbiGro). UbiGro, enabled by quantum dot technology, empowers greenhouse growers to control not only the amount of light, but also the color spectrum. This helps plants to take full control of their lighting environment and get the most from sunlight. Trials of UbiGro in New Mexico have found a 21% yield increase in the hydroponic tomato crops!
Even NASA has taken an interest in UbiQD. In 2018, NASA awarded UbiQD a contract to develop greenhouse films to grow veggies in space. In 2019, they received a second contract of $750K to further explore using quantum dots to tailor the spectrum of sunlight for optimized crop growth in space and planetary exploration missions.
Headquartered in Los Alamos, New Mexico, UbiQD is licensing technology developed at leading research institutions, including Los Alamos National Laboratory and MIT. To learn more about UbiQD visit https://ubiqd.com.
See the full Tracxn article: Emerging Startups 2020: Top Nanotechnology.
Article by Carrie Talus