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 technologists into client companies as consultants or contract-to-hire employees, 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 companies 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?

U.S. Leadership Team

Smiling headshot of Vance Checketts wearing a light colored button-down shirt

Vance Checketts

Chief Executive Officer

Vance serves as CEO of auticon US as of March 11, 2024. Vance joins auticon from the innovative HR technology startup Built, where he was COO. Prior to Built, Vance held executive roles at multiple startups and large enterprises, including Oracle, EMC, and Dell Technologies. Vance has received accolades from several organizations, including the Impact Award from Women Tech Council and the Silver Leadership Award from Junior Achievement.

Vance holds a BA and an MBA in International Business from Brigham Young University. He serves on several community and industry boards, including Junior Achievement, STEM Action Center, Women Tech Council, and the Technology Initiative Advisory Board of the Utah System of Higher Education. He is passionate about technology, nature, and social impact.

Ivette Marina

Ivette Marina

Chief Operations Officer

Ivette has over 15 years of experience in social impact work. She received her BA at the University of California, Los Angeles in International Development Studies and worked in the non-profit sector for over 10 years. She has held senior leadership roles encompassing operations, program development, implementation, and execution.

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Isha Dash

Chief Customer Officer

Isha has over 20 years of business and technology experience across various domains including media, entertainment, finance, utilities, and biomedicine. In her role as Chief Customer Officer at auticon, Isha is responsible for career development of autistic technologists and enabling customers to achieve their business outcomes by utilizing auticon’s autistic talents.

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Lauren Gross

Sales and Client Partnerships Manager

Lauren has over 10 years of experience in relationship management and business development for the recruiting industry. She has had a successful career supporting technical talent acquisition across multiple industries. Lauren is a certified career coach and has worked for years with the autism community.

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Louise Stone

Director of Recruitment and Neuroinclusion

Louise leads recruitment and neuroinclusion services for auticon in the U.S. Since joining auticon three years ago, she has been at the helm of our autism-friendly recruitment process, leading to the launch of multiple new business markets, the development of a “ready to work” community, and massive growth for the company.

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Kiri Oliver

Marketing Manager

Kiri is a writer, ACES-certified copyeditor, and strategic marketing professional. Working for auticon enables her to combine her passion for neurodiversity in the workplace with her more than 10 years of marketing and communications experience in the nonprofit sector.

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Evan Bierman

Finance Director

Evan brings to auticon years of management experience and a background in accounts receivable, audit and finance. Prior to auticon, Evan worked in various roles for one of the largest multi-employer pension funds in the US. In 2018, he received his MBA from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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 six 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

Australia

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

Email: moc.n1716411012ocitu1716411012a@sua1716411012-ofni1716411012

Canada

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

Email: ac.no1716411012citua1716411012@ofni1716411012

Finland (Unicus)

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

Email: moc.s1716411012ucinu1716411012@akku1716411012j1716411012

France

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

Email: rf.no1716411012citua1716411012@tcat1716411012noc1716411012

Germany

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

Email: ed.no1716411012citua1716411012@ofni1716411012

Ireland

The Academy
42 Pearse Street
Dublin, D02 HV59 Ireland

Email: moc.n1716411012ocitu1716411012a@sel1716411012as1716411012

Italy

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

Email: ti.no1716411012citua1716411012@ofni1716411012

Netherlands

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

Email: ln.no1716411012citua1716411012@ofni1716411012

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

Email: moc.n1716411012ocitu1716411012a@sua1716411012-ofni1716411012

Norway (Unicus)

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

Email: moc.s1716411012ucinu1716411012@huc1716411012

Poland

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

Email: moc.d1716411012nalop1716411012-noci1716411012tua@o1716411012fni1716411012

Sweden (Unicus)

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

Email: moc.s1716411012ucinu1716411012@sred1716411012na1716411012

Switzerland

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

Email: hc.no1716411012citua1716411012@ofni1716411012

United Kingdom

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

Email: ku.oc1716411012.noci1716411012tua@o1716411012fni1716411012

United States

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

Email: su.no1716411012citua1716411012@ofni1716411012

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