June 1, 2022

Pixel Photonics awarded with the innovation prize NRW

Our valued co-founder and CTO Wladick Hartmann has been awarded with the innovation price of North Rhine-Westphalia in the category of “young talent” for his research and entrepreneurial work around single photon detectors as well as Pixel Photonics. We feel honored and we are extremely pleased about the appreciation that Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart, Minister of Economic Affairs and Digitization, and the State of North Rhine-Westphalia have shown us. The award ceremony and the great discussions will remain in our memories for a long time and will motivate us to continue on our chosen path and to pursue our goal with determination.

Read more about the prize and the award in this press article:


May 18, 2022

Nooshin and Matthias Join Pixel Photonics

Pixel Photonics continues to grow and the team is happy to welcome Nooshin Bandari and Matthias Häußler to our team. Both, Nooshin and Matthias have joined Pixel Photonics in April and have already become a vital part of our company.

With his deep background on single-photon detectors and quantum information processing, Matthias will help us further develop our waveguide-integrated SNSPD technology. Nooshin brings lots of experience from the field of nano fabrication to the team and will be a central part of our process engineering efforts.

Pixel Photonics is still actively hiring - we are looking forward to applications to join our team as well.


March 30, 2022

Pixel Photonics raises 1.45M € in seed-funding from HTGF, Quantonation and business angels

Pixel Photonics has raised 1.45 million euros in a seed-round from German VC fund High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF), French quantum-focused VC fund Quantonation as well as the photonic industry veteran Dr. Hendrik Sabert. With this funding Pixel Photonics will further expand its international team in Germany and its facilities at the Center for Nanotechnology (CeNTech) in Münster and accelerate the commercialization of its products. In addition, Pixel Photonics will benefit from Quantonation’s outstanding international network within the quantum technology community as well as from access to HTGF’s extensive industrial technologies portfolio.

Read more at the official press release: Press_release_seed_29.03.2022_EN.pdf


January 28, 2022

Pixel Photonics & WWU receive 2.6M grant for High-Speed QKD system

We are happy to announce that Pixel Photonics and the University of Münster (WWU) have received a joint research grant of roughly 2.6 million EUR from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) to develop a new generation of high-speed quantum key distribution (QKD) systems

Large-scale quantum computers will allow to break current cryptographic methods thought to be safe with conventional technology. Quantum key distribution allows to sustain data security independent of any technological advances by relying on fundamental quantum-mechanical principles and therefore enables secure encryption even in the advent of powerful quantum computers.

Within the QSAMIS project Pixel Photonics and the WWU will develop a new type of ultrafast QKD system with significantly increased data rates in the Gbit/s regime, serving as a building block for large-scale QKD networks and providing data security to critical sectors such as government, healthcare and finance.

QSAMIS is part of the BMBF call „Enabling Start-up – Unternehmensgründungen in den Quantentechnologien und der Photonik“.


January 4, 2022

Welcoming Ekaterina to our team

Pixel Photonics is happy to announce that Ekaterina Sokolovskaya has joined us this January as the newest member of our growing team. With her expertise and unique skill set as quanum engineer she will be a great asset on our journey to revolutionize the quantum hardware business.

We are always looking for bright and talented people to join our team, be it as quantum engineers, mechanical engineers or business developers. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at


August 14, 2021

We are a Falling Walls Finalist

It is an honor for us to announce that we have been selected as finalist for this years’ Falling Walls Venture conference from 7th to 9th of November in Berlin!

Falling Walls Venture is an outstanding platform for young ventures from science to present their groundbreaking ideas to a broad audience of decision makers from politics, academics as well as corporates. The detection of extremely low levels of light is the decisive factor in many biomedical of quantum technology applications and therefore our scalable and efficient technology acts as enabling technology in various areas.

Feel free to join us in Berlin and follow us on LinkedIn to receive further updates:


June 21, 2021

Pixel Photonics successfully completes the REACH Incubator Program

For the last half-a-year we had the opportunity to participate in the REACH Incubator Program, which we now completed successfully. The program finished with a great Demoday, where Pixel Photonics CEO Nicolai Walter presented our technology and business case to a broad (online) audience of fellow entrepeneurs, engineers and investors.

Shout-out and thanks to all the people at the Reach Start Up Center for making this happen!


April 12, 2021

Meet us at the NRW Nano Conference

We are excited to be at the NRW Nano Conference 2021 where we will present our detector technology. We are happy to meet you there and discuss about quantum technologies and single-photon detection!

9th NRW Nano Conference (online), 21 - 23 April 2021

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March 4, 2021

Pixel Photonics wins ERCIS Award

Pixel Photonics was awarded the ERCIS Price for the business case with the best scientific foundation! Special thanks goes to the organizers and the jury for this fantastic event!

Pixel Photonics convinced the jury by making the case for strong quantum technologies and the advantages which they can bring to scociety in the future. With our qunatum detector technology we are proud to be part of an exciting technological development that is currently happening all over Europe!

Congratulations also goees to this year’s winners in the other categories, dermanostic and SMARTCHILLI, as well as all other teams for participating!

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