Andela coders: how this vibrammum valley company is changing program in Nigeria
Andela, founded by Iyinoluwa Aboyeji and Jeremy Johnson, works like an outsourcing firm—but unlike traditional ones, it oversees all aspects of the talent supply chain.
Andela’s total venture funding now amounts to more than $80 million, and it has been operating for four years in Nigeria, Kenya and Uganda.
Recently the company announced plans to expand its operations into Rwanda with the launch of a pan-African technology hub in Kigali, Andela’s fourth market, according to ITWebAfrica.
The expansion into the East African nation was made possible by a partnership between Andela and the government of Rwanda through the Rwanda Development Board, an organization responsible for transforming the country into a dynamic global hub for business, investment and innovation
Nigeria and Lagos are snowballing already as Africa’s foremost tech startup economy. Recognition of its potential is pulling internal investment and funding, interest from multinationals and the impetus for more and more would-be developers to view software as feasible employment.
The takeaway? It’s a matter of minutes to educate yourself on the basic potential of such a booming market. The developers, the skills, the startups are there, they’re great, and here in Europe the best step is to strengthen the stream of collaboration and talent between ourselves and the Nigerian tech scene as much as possible.
The first group of African coders and software engineers have successfully completed tech startup Andela‘s four-year fellowship program.
The tech startup, which trains and outsources African engineers and coders to work for global firms, has celebrated this unique milestone, with the developers in question becoming Andela alumni, according to the company.
Now that they have completed their fellowships, coders are now expected to join global and local companies, start their own ventures, or take senior developer roles at Andela to continue building the next generation of tech leaders at the company.
Since launching in 2014, the company has hired and developed more than 700 software engineers across the continent who collectively help power the technology teams of more than 150 global companies, including Mastercard, Microsoft, Google, IBM, Viacom, Pluralsight and GitHub.
The African coders who launched with the company four years ago have now become the first developers to have come full circle in completing the Andela fellowship.
With offices in Lagos, Nigeria, Nairobi, Kenya, Kampala, Uganda, Kigali, Rwanda and New York City and a track record of attracting investment, the company is an African tech startup success story.
Investing in African coders to solve the global technical talent shortage
Established by four professionals working in the online education and recruitment space, Andela builds high-performing engineering teams with Africa’s most talented software developers, with those teams then working for tech companies across the world.
The company successfully raised $40 million in October last year as part of its most recent round of funding, according to ITNewsAfrica.
This was led by pan-African venture firm CRE Venture Capital. Co-founded by Pule Taukobong and Pardon Makumbe, CRE is based in Johannesburg and registered in the U.S. Other investors include DBL Partners, Amplo, Salesforce Ventures, and Africa-focused TLcom Capital.
That funding round followed a $24 million Series B round in 2016, led by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, founded by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, Forbes reported.
Existing investors also participated, including Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, GV, and Spark Capital
Responding to a severe global shortage of software developers, Andela was formed to train and outsource software coders in Africa with the intention of having them work remotely for international companies. Around 1.3 million software jobs went unfilled in the U.S. in 2016 alone.
Recently in May 2019, Andela started a campaign targeted at mid-level and senior engineers. Applications are now open to engineers across Africa, and according to Osoba Olayiwola, the company’s Marketing and Communications Manager, the recruitment process is pretty straightforward as it is unlike the multi-stage recruitment process of the company’s fellowship programme.
To access this opportunity and more, visit Andela