Hear the Pitch
There are 4 million Americans on the autism spectrum, and every year, 50,000 autistic young adults turn 18 and enter the workforce. Yet 85 percent of this talent pool is unemployed or underemployed because their differences are seen as disabilities.
ULTRA Testing frames autism’s neurological differences as naturally occurring variations in the brain, altering its perception from a disability to a unique ability. ULTRA, which provides software and data testing services to Fortune 500 clients, has done this by building a highly effective team—of which 75 percent of team members are on the autism spectrum.
ULTRA employs modern workplace norms while building neurodiverse teams. This includes remote assessments for candidate screening, online polling and customizable bots for measuring employee wellbeing, and a digital repository of all the company’s processes and norms accessible to everyone—including those unlikely to use informal channels to seek answers.
- Software quality assurance is a mature market. However, it has high-growth niches where ULTRA leverages the unique strengths of its talent pool, including pattern recognition and logical reasoning. The fast-growing big data analytics market, which is one of ULTRA’s main focuses, will soon surpass $200 billion.
- Only 40 percent of differently abled US adults aged 25-54 are employed. While inclusive employment initiatives are growing, their focus on individual accommodations reinforces negative perceptions and can limit widespread adoption.
- Continually evolved service offering and client base; in 2018, the majority of revenues will come from Fortune 500 clients for whom ULTRA provides specialized software and data quality services including automation and analytics.
- 75 percent of ULTRA’s employees are on the autism spectrum
- Media: Inc, Forbes, InformationWeek, SiliconANGLE, re/code
ULTRA currently works with Fortune 500 firms and software companies as clients, engages with autism community groups and NGOs to source talent, and collaborates with academia to conduct research.
- Clients: Fortune 500 firms and software companies
- Community: 100 websites, blogs, advocacy groups, and NGOs
- Research: Cornell University Institute on Employment and Disability
ULTRA aims to:
- Raise $4 million in Series A funding
- Become the premiere quality services company in the US and largest employer of autistic individuals nationwide
- Refine and open-source ULTRA’s model to equip other employers to embrace neurodiverse talent in their business strategy
To reach these goals, ULTRA seeks partnerships to:
- Identify impact investors to raise $4 million in Series A funding
- Collaborate with designers and developers to refine and publish its management practices as an open source toolkit
- Partner with Fortune 500 firms to provide big data analytics and machine learning and AI testing services
ULTRA has employees in 19 states across the US, and 75 percent of its team is on the autism spectrum.
ULTRA has provided full-time employment at media, digital, and technology firms for 45 individuals with autism.
New York, NY, USA
- Rajesh Anandan CEO, ULTRA Testing