What we’ve achieved so far

We have already come a long way. As an academic spin-off, Pixel Photonics was founded 2020 to commercialize waveguide-integrated SNSPDs. Today we are delivering our single photon detector systems to various customers, have been awarded with an innovation prize and will soon launch Seed-round funding.


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  • Winner of the Innovation Award Münsterland e.V. in the category "Startups"
  • Nomination as Finalist for the EXIST Start-up Award
  • Nomination as Finalist for the SPIE Prism Awards in the category "Sensors"
  • Presentation of Pixel Photonics at the Photonics West in San Francisco
  • Continuous growth to currently 38 team members
  • Fundraising for Seed-round (starting soon)


  • Presentation of Pixel Photonics at the Photonics West in San Francisco
  • Redesign and relaunch of our website
  • Growth to 30 team members
  • Presentation of Pixel Photonics at the World of Quantum in Munich
  • Keypartner in MultiQomm research project supported by the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung
  • PASQAL, Pixel Photonics, Sorbonne Université, ICFO and IOGS won an EIC pathfinder grand (PANDA)
  • Sponsoring MNF Day


  • Delivery of the first operational detector system
  • Successful seed round with 1.45 million euros (German VC High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF), the French quantum-focused VC fund Quantonation and photonics industry veteran Dr. Hendrik Sabert)
  • Recognition with the Innovation Prize of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia in the category "Young Talent“ for Co-founder and CTO Dr. Wladick Hartmann
  • Becoming sub-contractor of a 14 million euros development contract between the DLR (German Aerospace Center) and quantum computing start-up QuiX


  • Conversion to the German corporate form GmbH
  • Funding of 2.6 million euros from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research for a project on the use of quantum physics to improve future data security together with the Department of Physics at the University of Münster


  • Foundation as an academic spin-off from the groups of Prof. Dr. Wolfram Pernice and Prof. Dr. Carsten Schuck
  • Founded by Nicolai Walter, Wladick Hartmann, Fabian Beutel, Martin Wolff, Christoph Seidenstücker, Wolfram Pernice and Carsten Schuck
  • Part of EXIST research transfer funding