How does Mentra help recruiters?
The Mentra platform seeks to address the the difficulty in the job finding process by providing a platform specifically dedicated to helping employers recruit, hire and retain neurodiverse candidates to improve the level of inclusion of neurodiversity in the workplace. Mentra’s key innovation lies in this proprietary dataset that captures valuable relationships between characteristics of neurodivergent candidates and workplace environments. In order to incentivize employers to recruit, hire and retain inclusively, Mentra aims to lower corporate overhead by providing as much candidate information as possible through the single page profile, so employers don’t need to conduct several interviews and fly out every candidate in person to vet them.
How did Mentra come into fruition?
In 2019, a team of us at Georgia Tech founded a startup to empower neurodiverse communities to find meaningful employment through our app, Mentra. As a culmination of our disability advocacy, we've grown our team to over 17 mission-driven volunteers. Using principles of human centered design and with a team led by passionate neurodivergents, our solution aims to leverage artificial intelligence to learn and understand our users and bridge the gap between autistic communities and inclusive employers with an app-curated roadmap. The team spent 14 months researching, partnering and working with different groups to understand issues candidates and recruiters face in filling employment needs.
How does Mentra help autistic individuals?
The Mentra platform seeks to address these barriers to employment by providing a platform that bridges the gap between candidates and employers aiming to recruit, hire and retain neurodiverse candidates to improve the level of inclusion of neurodiversity in the workplace. When candidates sign up to join Mentra, they are guided to complete a single, gamified and robust questionnaire and provide us with data that enables the Mentra matching algorithm to evaluate different job postings and find good matches based on factors such as environmental preferences, company values, candidate personality and daily tasks. Based on this information, the platform generates a Mentra Profile and enables candidates to focus their efforts on meaningful learning activities, growing their workforce readiness skills and improving their employer discoverability, rather than spending all of that time endlessly applying to roles. While the Mentra platform serves to guide their career development pathway through mentorship and training resources, the database serves as a centralized talent pipeline for employers.