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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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Thank you for your interest in covering auticon. I look forward to speaking with you.

Kiri Oliver
Marketing Manager
Location: Brooklyn, New York

Email: Press@auticon.us

Publications

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"

News Coverage

Five businesses honored at Fort Worth Chamber’s Small Business of the Year Awards

Fort Worth Report

5 Companies That Hire Adults With Autism

Built In

Tackling Autistic Underemployment, with Louise Stone | Spectrumly Speaking ep. 147

Different Brains

Neurodiversity: Your Competitive Advantage

Real Leaders Magazine

This DFW CEO Leads the World’s Largest Autistic-Majority Company

D Magazine

Inclusive Leadership Series: auticon

Inclusively

Announcements

The auticon logo next to the Real Leaders 2024 Impact Awards winner seal

Real Leaders®️ Unveils Its Top Impact Companies List of 2024 

In its sixth year, Real Leaders®, a Global Media, CEO network and Certified B Corp, which is dedicated to inspiring the future of business, has announced its 2024 Top Impact Companies including auticon US.
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Richard Branson poses with Ben Taylor in front of Ben's auticon-branded race car

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. 
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Racecar driver Ben Taylor poses with his Auticon-branded car

Autistic Porsche Sprint Cup driver partners with the largest autistic-majority IT consulting business in the world 

auticon Australia has announced an exciting partnership with autistic race car driver Ben Taylor. On November 15, Ben officially launched his auticon-branded car for the 2024 Porsche Sprint Cup season. auticon's team of technologists plans to use autistic strengths to give him a winning edge.
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The auticon logo next to the 2023 NOD Leading Disability Employer seal

auticon US Named a 2023 Leading Disability Employer

In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the National Organization on Disability (NOD) has announced and recognized the 2023 Leading Disability Employers including auticon US.
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The Auticon and Unicus logos on a light blue background

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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