First Set Of African Coders Complete Andela’s 4-Year Fellowship Program
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.
Last week an event was organized at Darlington Hall Ilupeju to celebrate this milestone, with over 300 people attending, including families of the developers and Andela staff, according to Technova.
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.
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.
The $40 million investment 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.
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.
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.