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  • Writer's pictureSarah Ruivivar

Mentra: Pioneering Neurodiversity in the Job Market

Updated: Oct 30, 2023

Ever felt like the traditional job market just doesn't understand you?

Well, if you're one of the many neurodivergent individuals out there, Mentra is here to change that! This innovative startup is using artificial intelligence to match neurodivergent jobseekers with their ideal jobs. And guess what? The brains behind this brilliant idea are all autistic.

The job market can be a tough place for neurodivergent individuals, with unemployment rates running as high as 30% to 40%. But Mentra is here to flip the script! They believe that neurodivergent people often have specialised skill sets that make them not just good, but potentially better candidates for certain roles.

Mentra, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, has created an AI-powered "neuroinclusive employment network". Their tech platform helps large enterprises hire employees with cognitive differences such as autism, ADHD, dyslexia, OCD, TBI and PTSD.

The startup has caught the attention of big names like Sam Altman, co-founder and CEO of OpenAI, who invested in the company through his venture firm, Hydrazine Capital. Since its launch, Mentra has signed on over a dozen companies and grown its talent pool from 300 neurodivergent job seekers to over 33,000.

What sets Mentra apart is its unique approach to job fit. They go beyond keywords in résumés to match employers with talent, considering factors around a person's neurotype, aptitude, and environmental sensitivities.

Mentra's vision is to help companies approach neuroinclusion as more than just a DEI initiative. They argue that neuroinclusion should be integrated into a company's infrastructure and DNA, potentially requiring a culture shift across teams.

So, if you're a neurodivergent individual looking for your perfect job, or a company looking to diversify your workforce, Mentra might just be the answer you've been looking for.

In the words of Sam Altman, "Mentra is the bridge companies have long needed to access this untapped talent pool." So, why not take a step onto that bridge today?

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