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.
A female auticon consultant works at a computer

auticon is an award-winning social innovation company

As an autistic-majority company, we’re a resource for talent. We integrate our technology consultants into client organizations, performing as software developers, data analysts, QA engineers, and more. 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.

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.

Want to know how we can transform your business through neurodiversity?

UK Leadership Team

Andrea Girlanda UK CEO

Andrea Girlanda

Chief Executive Officer

Andrea joined auticon in 2019 to oversee business development and was appointed CEO at the end of 2020. He has extensive experience in IT solution sales, working for global technology and media companies serving in both technical and commercial roles. In 2003 he relocated to London to pursue international business development opportunities with US pre-IPO tech startups, bring their services and offerings to the UK and EMEA, and drive expansion across new markets. His core strength and passion is building long-term, trust-based client relationships and is delighted to be able to put his skills towards helping auticon consultants fulfill their true career potential.

Steve Hill Commercial Director UK

Steve Hill

Chief Commercial Officer UK & Ireland

Steve joined auticon in 2021, responsible for business development, brand equity, marketing and strategic growth. Steve has started and sold several businesses as well as having had senior roles at IBM, Samsung and McLaren, focussed primarily around cloud, cybersecurity and data analytics.

Franziska Ziedler Operations Director UK

Franziska Zeidler

Operations Director

Franziska joined auticon in 2017 overseeing the organisation’s growth trajectory by creating, delivering and supporting its operational strategy. With her background in social research, Franziska is involved in auticon’s global impact measurement highlighting the benefits of neuro-inclusive work environment.

Emma Walker

Emma Walker

Regional Director, Scotland

Emma has a background working in a variety of sectors in roles such as HR Management, Business Development, Governance and IT Consultancy. Emma’s passion to increase people’s understanding around autism and neurodiversity stems from her first-hand experience helping her autistic son start his career.

Russell Botting Lead Job Coach UK

Russell Botting

Lead Job Coach

Russell joined in 2018 and manages our UK Job Coaching team. With a background in clinical psychology, Russell brings years of experience working within NHS specialist autism and learning disability services as well as experience diagnosing autism. Russell aims to safeguard the well-being of consultants so they feel understood and valued at work, whilst encouraging employers to embrace the benefits of neurodiverse workforce.

Patrick Cooper Consultant Director UK

Patrick Cooper

Consulting Director

Patrick joined auticon in 2018 and manages our London consultants, developing relationships with our strategic accounts. Before joining auticon he worked for a national youth charity and brings with him the experiences of a technology career that has spanned the private, public, and social sectors.

Clementina Galli-Zugaro Senior Job Coach NIS UK

Clementina Galli-Zugaro

Neuroinclusion Advisor

Clementina works in our Neuroinclusion Advisory team after joining auticon in 2019 to oversee recruitment before transitioning into job coaching. Clementina has a Master’s in Work and Organisational Psychology and has a wide international experience of facilitating corporate workshops and defining practical pathways for successful organisational change. She draws on this in the design and delivery of tailored programs to support our clients on their journey to sustainable neuroinclusion.

International investors

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

Investors include Sir Richard Branson of Virgin Group Ltd., Felix and Susanne Porsche, Ananda Impact Ventures, Ferd AS, Autism Impact Fund, and Ferst Capital Partners.

Our story

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
Tel: +61 (0) 2 8046 3904

Email: moc.n1721821454ocitu1721821454a@sua1721821454-ofni1721821454


Suite 300, 3820 – 24th Avenue NW
Calgary, Alberta T3B 2X9, Canada
Tel +1 888-286-4826


Email: ac.no1721821454citua1721821454@ofni1721821454

Finland (Unicus)

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

Email: moc.s1721821454ucinu1721821454@akku1721821454j1721821454


58A Rue du Dessous des Berges
75013 Paris, France
Tel +33 (0)1 77 93 25 42

Email: rf.no1721821454citua1721821454@tcat1721821454noc1721821454


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

Email: ed.no1721821454citua1721821454@ofni1721821454


The Academy
42 Pearse Street
Dublin, D02 HV59 Ireland

Email: ei.no1721821454citua1721821454@ofni1721821454


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

Email: ti.no1721821454citua1721821454@ofni1721821454


Netherlands (Specialisterren B.V.)
Kobaltweg 11, 3542 CE Utrecht
Tel. +31 (0)30 261 51 11

Email: ln.no1721821454citua1721821454@ofni1721821454

New Zealand
Level 26, 188 Quay Street
Auckland 1010, New Zealand
Tel: +64 9 3633777
Norway (Unicus)

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

Email: moc.s1721821454ucinu1721821454@huc1721821454

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

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

Email: moc.s1721821454ucinu1721821454@sred1721821454na1721821454


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

Email: hc.no1721821454citua1721821454@ofni1721821454

United Kingdom

18 Crucifix Lane, London,      SE1 3JW, UK 

Tel +44 (0) 2032 9090 28
Email: ku.oc1721821454.noci1721821454tua@o1721821454fni1721821454

United States

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

Email: su.no1721821454citua1721821454@ofni1721821454


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