Virgin Group invests in Auticon to help employ more autistic adults in the UK

Virgin Group invests in Auticon to help employ more autistic adults in the UK

Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Group and UK charity Esmée Fairbairn Foundation are new investors in Auticon. The investment will help enable Auticon to employ more autistic adults and accelerate its growth in the UK market.

London, 20 October 2016 – Following Auticon’s recent launch in the UK, Auticon Group CEO Kurt Schöffer is delighted to announce Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group and UK charity Esmée Fairbairn Foundation as new investors in Auticon.

The investment will help enable Auticon, which exclusively hires IT consultants on the autism spectrum, to accelerate its growth in the UK IT market. Originally founded in Germany in 2011, Auticon only launched its UK office in spring 2016, and is already working with UK companies on IT projects with its newly recruited consultants.

The investment by Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Group also offers Auticon a chance to promote social change in attitudes towards autism and employment. Auticon was founded on the knowledge that autistic adults often have extraordinary cognitive abilities, yet many find it difficult to secure or maintain mainstream employment.

In Germany, Auticon already employs over 70 professional IT consultants, including junior consultants and some of the country’s most talented developers, who are highly sought after for complex IT projects by over one third of the German Stock Index (DAX), including blue chip clients Siemens and Allianz.

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