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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 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: Woolworths. In 2023, auticon joined forces with Unicus, expanding to five additional countries in Europe and Scandinavia. 

Today, auticon operates as the world’s largest autistic-majority company, with approximately 575 employees in 14 countries, including 465 on the spectrum.

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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)

LinkedIn article with the title "Supporting Neurodiversity at Work"

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Neurodiversity: Your Competitive Advantage

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D Magazine

Finding a new path in the corporate world

Fort Worth Report


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auticon and Unicus Join Forces, Advancing ESG Mission of Neurodiversity

auticon and Unicus have entered into an agreement under which the two companies will unite. This historic deal establishes a global model for an autistic-majority social enterprise and ESG company, addressing the inequalities in employment for neurodivergent adults.
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Neuroinclusion in the workplace: a 360-degree approach.

auticon Releases New Guide to Neurodiversity in the Workplace

auticon, one of the world’s leading employers of autistic adults in technology, has released a free guide for employers on neurodiversity in the workplace. The guide, “Neuroinclusion in the Workplace: A 360° Approach,” includes the business case for neurodiversity at work, the qualities of internal champions for neuroinclusion, and how to get leadership buy-in.
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Marking the start of Autism Acceptance Month, new data from auticon reveals causes, and solutions for the employment gap among autistic professionals

auticon, a social enterprise that exclusively employs autistic adults as technology consultants, today released a compelling new report on autism in the workplace. The report Neurodiversity at Work, available inside the company’s latest Impact Report, asked 985 autistic professionals about their autism diagnosis, finding quality career opportunities, and disclosing their autism to employers.
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auticon US CEO David Aspinall Honored as 2023 Leader in Diversity by Dallas Business Journal

David Aspinall, the CEO of auticon US, was honored as a 2023 Leader in Diversity by the Dallas Business Journal.
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auticon and Salesforce win 2022 DEI Initiative of the Year at the Women in IT Summit & Awards

auticon and Salesforce received the 2022 DEI Initiative of the Year Award at the Women in IT Summit & Awards on October 25, 2022, in Toronto, Canada.
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Autistic Tech Employer Demonstrates Power of Social Innovation in New Impact Report

auticon today released its annual Impact Report, illustrating how its model of social innovation is changing lives and making organizations neuro-inclusive.
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