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auticon was founded in Berlin in 2011 by a father wanting better employment opportunities for his autistic son. Autistic professionals were employed as quality assurance consultants, debugging Websites and applications. As Managing Director of a small investment firm, Kurt Schöffer was approached by Ananda Social Venture Fund, who invited him to partner in creating Germany’s first social impact fund. The fund’s first investment was in auticon, where Kurt served as an advisor on the fund’s behalf. For Kurt, this was an opportunity to apply his business acumen to solve the social issue of rising unemployment among autistic adults, who often possess STEM skills applicable in a range of technology careers. After three months as an advisor, Kurt accepted a role as auticon’s Group CEO, later developing its 6 German office locations and expanding into Paris and London. The company added major clients such as BMW and Allianz, and new technology consulting services.

In 2016, Sir Richard Branson’s investment brought international attention to the company as it expanded into Italy and Switzerland. In 2018 auticon acquired two North American autism employers: MindSpark in Los Angeles and Meticulon in Calgary, later adding clients such as Salesforce and Deloitte and surpassing 200+ autistic employees globally. In 2019, auticon opened in Australia with one of the island’s largest employers.

In 2023, auticon and Unicus entered an agreement under which the two companies would unite. The historic deal established a global model for an autistic-majority social enterprise and ESG company, addressing the inequalities in employment for neurodivergent adults. The two combined companies became the largest autistic-majority company in the world, with 81% of its 600 employees on the autism spectrum across 15 countries.

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auticon’s Global Impact Reports

2022 Global Impact Report

2021 Global Impact Report (Published 2022)

2021 Global Impact Report (Languages: Italian,  English, and German)

2021 Global Impact Report (Languages: French, English, German)

2020 Global Impact Report (Languages: French, English, German)


auticon + Deloitte Report, “Embracing Neurodiversity at Work” 2022

A new report by Deloitte Canada and auticon Canada finds employment barriers, lack of workplace support for Canada’s autistic community. The joint report surveyed 454 adults across the country.

2022 auticon + Deloitte Report, “Embracing Neurodiversity at Work” (English)

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Impact investors join forces to back largest autistic-majority company

Impact Investor

auticon named UK social enterprise of the year

Pioneers Post

With New Funding, Auticon Looks to Grow Job Opportunities for Autistic


Auticon, la consulenza in mano a esperti autistici. “Sfatiamo il mito che sono ...


In hiring people with autism, focus on the interview process

HR Reporter

What neurodivergent people really think of working in cyber security

Computer Weekly


Sir Richard Branson meets Autistic Porsche Sprint Challenge driver Ben Taylor to wish him luck for the season

auticon Team race car driver Ben Taylor met with entrepreneur and auticon investor Sir Richard Branson. The pair had the opportunity to talk about the season ahead and how the team plans to use neurodiverse strengths to create a difference on the track.  Melbourne, Australia — At the headquarters of high-performance motorsport Porsche Centre Melbourne Motorsport, autistic driver Ben Taylor caught up with Sir Richard Branson. The session was not only an opportunity for the young driver to ask Sir...
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Specialisterren becomes part of auticon in The Netherlands

Last summer, Specialisterren became part of auticon, the world’s largest social enterprise in IT. As of today, Specialisterren will officially change its name to auticon Netherlands. This new name symbolizes an important joining of forces, because it recognizes the team in The Netherlands as part of our nearly 600 talented colleagues in 14 countries. This makes us better than ever able to shape our shared mission: promoting neurodiversity and inclusion by offering careers in technology to more autistic professionals. Social...
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Autistic Porsche Sprint Cup driver partners with the largest autistic-majority IT consulting business in the world 

Autistic race car driver Ben Taylor on debut, in his first race out of karting, won the first round of the Australian F3 Championships in Sydney in 2021. In 2024, he’ll debut in the Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge, but this season will be different. This season he’s partnering with the largest autistic IT consulting business in the world and they’re planning to use autistic strengths to give him a winning edge. Melbourne, Australia — Today marks the official launch of...
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Fraser shares his experience at Microsoft

auticon’s mission is provide meaningful employment for autistic talent all around the world. Our business model allows us to integrate this unique group of individuals – with a phenomenal skillset – to the benefit for many of our clients.  auticon technologist Fraser talks about his experiences working at auticon and providing services to auticon client, Microsoft. Fraser Fitzpatrick grew up in the rural town of Shepparton – a few hours away from Melbourne. It’s a smaller, rural city mostly focusing...
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auticon Appoints Iris Gallmann as CEO in Switzerland 

Management Board Announces CEO Stephan Gutzwiller Retirement and Succession Plan in Switzerland Market  ZURICH, SWITZERLAND — (September 29, 2023) auticon, a social enterprise that exclusively employs autistic adults as technology experts, today announced that CEO Stephan Gutzwiller will be stepping down from his position at the end of October 2023. auticon’s Board of Directors in Switzerland has appointed Iris Gallmann to succeed Stephan Gutzwiller as Chief Executive Officer beginning September 11, 2023.  Stephan joined auticon Switzerland as the CEO in...
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Video: auticon Group CEO Kurt Schöffer on joining forces with Unicus

Mit dem Laden des Videos akzeptieren Sie die Datenschutzerklärung von YouTube.Find out more Video laden YouTube immer entsperren Kurt Schöffer announces that global IT firms auticon and Unicus have entered into an agreement under which the two companies will unite. The deal was brokered by Ferd, an Oslo-based family-owned investment company and shareholder in both companies. The historic deal establishes a global model for an autistic-majority social enterprise and ESG company, addressing the inequalities in employment for neurodivergent adults. By...
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