a mission with roots - The Clusiv Story

Clusiv began when our founder Lukas Simianer solved his employer’s accessibility issues by contracting his blind step dad and creating perfect accessibility of complex apps through step by step auditing and instant remediation. This process led to the realization that technical training was one of the biggest blockers for blind and visually impaired people getting into tech and remote jobs. 

Lukas decided he’d iterate on the process he and his step dad made and try to remove the community’s biggest blocker. 

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  • Over 76% of blind people in America are unemployed

 

  • 75 percent of the estimated 4 million adults in the U.S. who are completely or partially blind are not in the labor force

 

  • Nationally, we have a sub -20% job placement rate of blind & visually impaired people that seek placement through an government agency

 

  • The average salary of blind and visually impaired americans is $27,000

 

  • Over 500 companies with a sum ARR of over $16 Trillion have pledged to hire for inclusion of disability

 

  • No solution exists (aside from Clusiv) to teach blind and visually impaired people technical and remote job skills

 

  • No solution exists (aside from Clusiv) to enable the onboarding of blind and visually impaired employees. 

The problem is huge, an entire section of the world population isn’t able to gain the skills needed to join the modern workforce.

Employers are pursuing DE&I initiatives at an unprecedented rate and they have no technology to facilitate the Inclusion they need.  Blind, deaf, and neuro diverse employees are fully capable and add to every company’s culture. They just cant on board and train them properly right now.  

Government and non-profit agencies get paid based on the placement rates and training provided to blind and visually impaired clients. The status quo training is the same as it was in 1999. This has led to a less than 20% job placement rate. Of those placed they’re relegated to menial labor for menial wages. 

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The Clusiv Solution

The barrier standing between blind and visually impaired people getting into tech is training.  Clusiv defeats this barrier at it’s 2 most critical points. At the employer and at the vocational training agency. 

Accessible Onboarding

Purpose:

Enable SMB’s – Enterprises to hire and train blind & visually impaired people for positions they never could have prior. 

How:

IP – inquire

 

Tech:

IP – inquire

Model: 

SaaS tiered subscription model

Customers:

Valuable 500 – SMB’s – Enterprises

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Accessible E-Learning

Purpose:

Enable state & non-profit agencies to improve employment and salary outcomes through actionable job track specific training. 

How:

Accessible engineering built with our blind and visually impaired experience engineers. Content created by our experience engineers and vocation specific efforts.

Tech:

IP – inquire

Model: 

SaaS tiered subscription model | Per Head basis model

Customers:

All 50 state blind services agencies – non-profit trainers

Market size & Opportunity

The following data is split into three sections. B2G is Clusiv’s e-learning platform. B2B refers to our Accessible Onboarding SaaS tool. Then a cumulative of the Clusiv opportunity. 

B2G

TAM: $5,211,750,000 | $5B

SAM: $740,146,875 | $740MM

SOM: $390,797,550 | $391MM

B2B

TAM: $3,883,559,979 | $3B

SAM: $1,515,871,170 | $1.5B

SOM: $776,711,995 | $777MM

Total

TAM: $9,095,309,979 | $9B

SAM: $4,623,706,854 | $4.6B

SOM: $1,167,509,545 | $1.1B

CLUSIV MARKET SIZING CHART. SHOWS FAVORABLE TRENDLINE WITH SIZABLE TOTAL ADDRESSABLE MARKET AND VENTURE BACKABLE OBTAINABLE MARKET SIZE

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CEO & FOUNDER

Name: Lukas Simianer
Age: 28
Education: 
Fullstack Engineering, University of Texas at Austin
Bachelor’s of Nursing Science, University of Nebraska Medical Center
Achievements & Awards: 
Purple Heart Recipient OEF 12 | Presidential Civic Honors Medal | Summa Cum Laude Graduate | Saved an international company millions with innovative engineering 

TEAM BREAKDOWN​

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EMPLOYEES
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PRIOR FOUNDERS
0
BLIND ENGINEERS
0
LIFE CHANGING SOLUTION
LEADERSHIP
36%
BLIND ENGINEERS
27%
ENGINEERING
18%
DESIGN
18%
The power of Clusiv is derived from the scale and importance of our mission, our uniquely qualified team, and insistence upon the end users being an integral part of developing & perfecting the solution. 
This has rendered Clusiv one of the fastest moving, iterating, and growing startups in Austin even while bootstrapped.  We credit this and our founder’s passion with the wins we’ve had and rapid traction we’ve gained. 
Clusiv’s employees are diverse, differently abled, and purpose driven. We will continue recruiting to this standard and make our culture of integrity, autonomy, growth, and inclusion a cornerstone of Clusiv. 

WINS & ACCELERATORS

Clusiv CEO Lukas Simianer wins the Bob Evans Heroes to CEOs pitch competition.

Clusiv placed first at the Warrior Rising Pitch Competition in Napa, CA.  

Clusiv placed first in the Austin Young Chamber’s social impact pitch competition.

Clusiv placed first at the Global inclusion online forum pitch competition. This event had over 5,000 attendees. 

Clusiv placed third in the Rice Veteran’s Business Battle.

Clusiv makes it to Business Insider!

Clusiv makes it to Yahoo Finance!

Clusiv is a member of the Batchery’s 2021 cohort. The Batchery is “Maximizing startups’ success by combining Silicon Valley resources with a Berkeley twist.”

Clusiv is a member of the amazon web services 2021 EdStart cohort: AWS EdStart provides companies with AWS credits, architects, and engineering support to make growing smooth.  

Clusiv is a member of the Bunker Labs 2021B cohort. Bunker Labs is an incubator for veterans focused providing workspace and resources for growth. 

Clusiv completed the TexasVenture Labs accelerator which provides company’s a team of graduate students as part time employees and mentees. 

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