We help companies become a destination for neurodivergent talent.

Since 2011, we have partnered with clients wanting a neurodiverse workplace by providing inclusion
and technology solutions that benefit from our autistic DNA.
an auticon consultant works at her desk

auticon is an award-winning social innovation company

As an autistic-majority company, we’re a resource for talent. We integrate our IT specialists into customer organizations and projects, where they work in software testing, Business Intelligence and Robotic Process automation. Clients experience our outstanding autistic professionals first-hand, opening minds and achieving diversity goals.

Our model improves the economic and social conditions of the autistic community with quality careers, unlocking opportunity, and empowering client organisations through actionable neurodiversity training and advisory services. Here, our employees build lifelong careers in technology, discovering personal autonomy and improved self-esteem.

Through auticon Labs, we utilize an entrepreneurial mindset to develop commercial technology solutions to social and environmental challenges faced by autistic professionals, helping them to succeed in the workplace.

Changing lives together

We believe affecting change in one life is the starting point for changing society. We therefore measure our social performance through the difference auticon makes to the lives of our autistic colleagues, the impact on our customer organisations, and the role we play in creating awareness of neurodiversity in society.

Between 15-20% of the global population are neurodivergent. 2% are estimated to be autistic. Despite many autistic people being talented, qualified and keen to work, only 29% of autistic people are in full time work. Within the autistic workforce, a vast majority are under-employed, working in jobs that they are over-qualified or over-skilled for. 

Feel they can be their authentic self at work 77%
Feel valued for who they are at auticon 84%
Improved wellbeing 78%
Feel more confident 74%
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Our vision and purpose

To build a more inclusive world.

Our mission

Address the inequalities in employment for neurodivergent adults and showcase the strengths of neurodiversity in society.

  • providing high-quality technology careers to autistic adults
  • shifting perceptions of autistic people in the workplace
  • acting as a catalyst for change by bringing neurodiversity education to client workforces

Our values

Our values pervade our daily operations and our relationships internally and to the outside world. They act as rules of conduct and characterise how we do business.

  • Inclusive: We are changing the world for and with the neurodivergent, with the spirit ‘nothing about us, without us’. We challenge ourselves to raise the bar on inclusion in everything we do.
  • Human-focused: We operate with a human focus to create an improved quality of life for our employees. We prize individual differences and put people first.
  • Inspiring: We strive to be inspiring for our customers, employees, stakeholders and the society in what we do and how we make it happen.
  • Solution-oriented: We are flexible and solution-oriented, open to new ideas and never afraid to try them.
  • Value creating: We create social and economic value through operating a commercially sustainable business with a strong social mission.

Autism is not a processing error,
it's a different operating system.

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Leadership Team


Ruud Hageman

Chief Executive Officer

Ruud has been CEO of auticon Netherlands since October 2023. After studying economics, he started his career at Shell, after which he worked for an extended period as manager, director and board member at (medium-)large companies in the financial services industry. The last 10 years, he was COO and CEO of a successful tech scale-up in the circular economy. Ruud has a huge drive to realise sustainable impact and, under the motto ‘no talent to waste’, he is committed to the intersection of purpose, innovation and entrepreneurship at auticon. He is a passionate sportsman and also makes a strong case for social causes in his spare time, including as a member of a Rotterdam Lions club.

Hein Masseling

Hein Masseling

Director of Operations

Hein is Director of Operations and has worked for auticon for over 10 years. Primarily focused on the company as a social enterprise, the challenge is to shape it into a solid profitable business. With a team of highly intrinsically motivated people, we manage to strike the right balance.

Martijn Cok

Martijn Cok

Delivery manager

Martijn is a no-nonsense Delivery Manager and has worked at auticon since 2012. ‘Do what you say and say what you do’ is his attitude to life. Martijn always tries to create a healthy balance between commercial growth and taking care of our employees’ needs.

Vincent Aalbers

Vincent Aalbers


Vincent is Sales Manager at auticon. He has a passion for social entrepreneurship and has gained experience in various commercial roles in his career. These two worlds come together nicely at auticon. Together with the CEO, Vincent is responsible for commercial progress and the sales team.

Internationale investeerders

"Businesses like auticon are true trailblazers!" - Sir Richard Branson

Investors include Ferd, Autism Impact Fund, Ananda Impact Ventures, KOIS, Felix Porsche, Sir Richard Branson, Ferst Capital Partners, and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

Our story

auticon Netherlands (formerly Specialisterren) is a registered Social Enterprise. The company was founded by Sjoerd van der Maaden. When he sailed around the world with his family for a year, he saw how well his son with autism was developing. With the disappearance of all stress factors, the boy's talents suddenly came into their own. This insight led to the creation of auticon Netherlands in 2008: an IT company specialized in providing software and RPA services.

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.

Connect with one of our global offices


Level 35, Tower One Barangaroo Int. Towers Sydney, 100 Barangaroo Ave,
Sydney NSW 2000 Australia
Ph: +61 (0) 2 8046 3904

Email: moc.n1714052389ocitu1714052389a@sua1714052389-ofni1714052389


Suite 300, 3820 – 24th Avenue NW
Calgary, Alberta T3B 2X9, Canada
Tel +1 403-660-2819

Email: ac.no1714052389citua1714052389@ofni1714052389

Finland (Unicus)

Atomitie 2B
00370 Helsinki, Finland
Tel +358 40 823 76 98

Email: moc.s1714052389ucinu1714052389@akku1714052389j1714052389


38 Rue des Mathurins, 75008,
Paris, France
Tel +33 (0)1 77 93 25 42

Email: rf.no1714052389citua1714052389@tcat1714052389noc1714052389


Baierbrunner Str. 15,
81379 München, Germany
Tel +49 89 20060680

Email: ed.no1714052389citua1714052389@ofni1714052389


The Academy
42 Pearse Street
Dublin, D02 HV59 Ireland

Email: moc.n1714052389ocitu1714052389a@sel1714052389as1714052389


Via Antonio Stradivari, 4
(ang. Piazza Argentina) 20131 Milano, Italia
Tel +39 02 4770 9056

Email: ti.no1714052389citua1714052389@ofni1714052389


Kobaltweg 11
3542 CE Utrecht
Tel +31 (0)30 261 51 11

Email: ln.no1714052389citua1714052389@ofni1714052389

New Zealand
Level 26, 188 Quay Street
Auckland 1010, New Zealand
Norway (Unicus)

Strandveien 13
1366 Lysaker
Tel +481 56 067/982 57 960

Email: moc.s1714052389ucinu1714052389@huc1714052389


Marszałkowska 126/134,
00-008 Warsaw, Poland
Tel. +48 600 430 086

Email: moc.d1714052389nalop1714052389-noci1714052389tua@o1714052389fni1714052389

Sweden (Unicus)

Magnus Ladulåsgatan 27
118 65 Stockholm
Tel +08-462 96 00

Email: moc.s1714052389ucinu1714052389@sred1714052389na1714052389


Löwenstrasse 42, 8001
Zürich, Switzerland
Tel +41 44 597 77 71

Email: hc.no1714052389citua1714052389@ofni1714052389

United Kingdom

18 Crucifix Lane, London, England SE1 3JW
Tel +44 (0) 2032 9090 28

Email: ku.oc1714052389.noci1714052389tua@o1714052389fni1714052389

United States

2108 N St., Suite 5522,
Sacramento, CA 95816
Tel +1 310 396-9292

Email: su.no1714052389citua1714052389@ofni1714052389


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