Press Release: Auticon Secures High-End Investors
Kurt Schöffer and Auticon shareholders sign the contracts.
Susanne and Felix Porsche, Stephen Brenninkmeijer, Rodolphe de Spoelberch and Charles-Antoine & Nicolas Janssen amongst new investors
2016: Further growth within Germany planned, creating 40 additional employment opportunities for autistic IT consultants
Launch in Paris and London in the coming year
Auticon’s 4th anniversary on 21st November
More than one third of German Stock Index (DAX) enterprises are clients already
Just before its 4th anniversary, IT service provider Auticon can announce a successful capital increase. The acquired investors come from the ranks of high-end family businesses. 2016 will be a year of further growth for Auticon, extending the concept to implement autistic strengths in clients’ IT projects. In 2016, Auticon also plans to replicate its success internationally.
Earlier this week Auticon managing director Kurt Schöffer announced the completion: The capital increase of the IT consulting enterprise with 6 branches across Germany had been finalised. Amongst the new investors: Susanne and Felix Porsche, Stephen Brenninkmeijer, Charles-Antoine and Nicolas Janssen and Rodolphe de Spoelberch. Charles-Antoine and Nicolas Janssen invest via Brussels-based impact investing firm Kois Invest, Stephen Benninkmeijer via Willows Investments. Kois Invest as well as Willows Investments exclusively finance social enterprises.
The new shareholders will invest a six-figure sum each into Auticon – raising a seven-figure sum altogether.
‘That certainly grants us room to develop and grow in 2016. But our new shareholders are much more than just that – they’re committed strategic partners. I’m thrilled we were able to win over such high-end investors’, said Kurt Schöffer on Tuesday following the signing of the contracts. ‘What excites me most of all: Not only do our investors believe in the social aim of Auticon, but also in the economic success of the concept.’
‘My personal experience with people on the autism spectrum and their unique talents is what excites me about Auticon. I’m fascinated by the approach to focus on strengths rather than potential deficits – especially seen as the concept works from an economic perspective’, explains Susanne Porsche. ‘I now look forward to actively supporting Auticon with my personal network.‘
Auticon currently employs more than 50 IT consultants on the autism spectrum. In 2016 the creation of 40 further employment opportunities is anticipated across branches in Berlin, Munich, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Hamburg. The company also has major international plans for 2016: ‘Launching in Paris and London will open up extremely significant economic catchment areas for us’, emphasises Schöffer.
‘With Auticon’s success we have demonstrated on all levels – clients, staff and investors – that this unique business model is economically sustainable’, says Johannes Weber, founder of Ananda Social Venture Fund. ‘That’s a brilliant birthday present for Auticon’.
On 21st November 2011 Dirk Müller-Remus founded Auticon with an investment of the Munich-based Ananda Social Venture Fund. Auticon is the first German enterprise that exclusively employs adults on the autism spectrum as IT consultants.
The exceptional cognitive strengths of autistic consultants produce significant additional value in client projects – by 2015 more than one third of German Stock Index (DAX) businesses are Auticon clients, including Allianz, Infineon, Siemens and UniCredit Group/HypoVereinsbank.
Tapping into the Talents of Autistic Adults
Autistic adults often have extraordinary cognitive abilities; yet many find it difficult to secure or maintain mainstream employment. Auticon, the first enterprise to exclusively employ adults on the autism spectrum as IT consultants, taps into this potential. Pattern recognition, logic, precision, sustained concentration, and an ability to intuitively spot errors are only a few of the outstanding qualities that Auticon consultants bring to client’s IT projects. These skills are of particular value in areas such as quality management, security, compliance and business intelligence – Auticon’s service portfolio.
Auticon thus produces a win-win-win situation for clients, autistic consultants, as well as society. Since its launch in 2011, Auticon has established 6 branches across Germany and employed more than 50 consultants on the autism spectrum. One third of German Stock Index (DAX) enterprises are clients – including Allianz, Infineon and Siemens.
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