Rick Fiery and Tom Bergeron created InventiveLabs, a business designed to find and develop creative, nontraditional thinkers who might have “slipped through the cracks” of colleges and big corporations. The Amesbury, Massachusetts-based business incubator focuses on neuro-divergent entrepreneurs—those with conditions such as dyslexia, ADHD and autism—and helps them create a business model around their ideas. The incubator has helped launch 8 startups since opening in 2014.
“We’ve come to realize that acceptance is such a powerful component of what we do,” Bergeron says. “Acceptance fuels creativity and breaks down many barriers. There is still a stigma around neuro-diversity. We find the individuals who are willing to stand up and say they view the world differently are the ones who make great entrepreneurs.”
This article originally appeared in the January 2017 issue of SUCCESS magazine.