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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

2023 Global Impact Report

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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News Coverage

Richard Branson-backed Auticon offering Irish firms neurodiversity in hiring

Business Post

auticon makes Newsweek's list of most loved places to work


almost half of affected workers don’t disclose neurodiversity

The Irish Independant

Behaviors That Can Undermine Team Dynamics In The Workplace


Impact investors join forces to back largest autistic-majority company

Impact Investor

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



An introduction to the world of technology Consulting

In this blog post Sharon Cant, Recruitment Marketing Specialist at auticon UK, shares an introduction to the world of technology Consulting, and then highlights what makes auticon a bit different, and so special! Please note that some processes and terminology will relate to auticon UK specifically as each auticon location operates slightly different to align with their local market.  How does technology consulting work? If you’re unfamiliar with the world of technology consulting, it can be hard to grasp how...
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Report highlights autistic-majority employer’s success in creating a neurodiverse work culture and its effort to drive global social change

In recognizing April as Autism Acceptance Month, auticon and Unicus today published their 2023 Impact Report, . The report details the combined company’s success in becoming the world’s largest autistic-majority employer, a leading source for autistic technology talent and neuroinclusion services, and one of the largest social enterprises in the world.
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Pictured at the launch of its Neuroinclusion Strategy in Baggot Plaza Dublin: Back row L-R – Neale Richmond, TD Minister for Employment Affairs, Stefanie Preissner, Bank of Ireland Group CEO Myles O'Grady and Chief People Officer, Matt Elliott Front row – Kurt Schöffer (auticon), Bank of Ireland colleague Aoife Ogden, Adam Harris (AsIAm), Kirsty Cook (auticon)

auticon launches in Ireland

auticon, the world’s largest autistic majority company and the leading social enterprise championing neurodiversity, is proud to announce that it is launching in Ireland, with its first office in the country based in Dublin – marking auticon’s 15th global location. 
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auticon US Welcomes Vance Checketts as Chief Executive Officer

auticon US, a leading social enterprise that builds long-term careers for autistic adults in technology, announced today that Vance Checketts has joined the company as its new Chief Executive Officer.
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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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