Work of the Future

ULTRA Testing

Unlocking the potential of autistic talent by proving the value of neurodiversity

Team Lead

Rajesh Anandan

Hear the Pitch

The Problem

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.

The Solution

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.

Market Opportunity

  • 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.

Organization Highlights

  • 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

Existing Partnerships

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

Organization Goals

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

Partnership Goals

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

Stats

ULTRA has employees in 19 states across the US, and 75 percent of its team is on the autism spectrum.

Solver Team

Organization Type:
For-profit

Headquarters:
New York, NY, USA

Stage:
Growth

Working in:
USA

Employees:
50+

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