Ultranauts, Inc. (formerly ULTRA Testing), a NYC-based quality engineering startup employing talent on the autism spectrum, raised $3.5M in Series A financing.
The round was led by SustainVC and The Disability Opportunity Fund, joined by impact investors The Libra Foundation (investment facilitated by Candide Group), Social Venture Network, Wasabi Ventures, Moai Capital (run by Emergence Capital Founder Brian Jacobs), Cognizant Vice Chairman Frank D’Souza, Bain & Company Chief Talent Officer Russ Hagey, and advocate & philanthropist Lisa Yang.
The company intends to use the funds to accelerate growth and impact, including investments in R&D, training and sales for further expansion into data quality engineering. R&D will focus on developing specialized services to improve data quality in highly regulated industries, and training will focus on compressing the timeframe for neurodiverse talent to develop into performing quality engineering teams.
Founded in 2013 by Rajesh Anandan and Arthur Shectman, Ultranauts provides a full suite of software and data quality engineering services to Fortune 500 and startup clients, and has built a remote workplace for neurodiverse talent.
Today, there are Ultranauts working in 20 states across the U.S., 75% of whom are on the autism spectrum, and many of whom have heightened abilities that are a perfect match for quality engineering – e.g. focus, pattern recognition, logical reasoning, systems thinking.