Andela has raised about $24 millions in dollars(sic) to promote their startup to more horizons through Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. Andela is all about reaching out to people who are interested on how to code or have started know how to code, are selected from the best potentials of applicants, develop and train them in the best practices and then connect them to the top tecnology firm in the world, such as IBM, Google, Facebook. The startup that was started by ever dynamic African best Iyin Aboyeji and Jeremi Johnson not quiet long ago, to be precised, two years ago in African leading tech city, Lagos, the progress is about paying people to learn and how to code.
With the money raised through Chan Zucekrberg Iniatiave, a private non profit making organization co own by the Facebook CEO family, Andela will be able to reach out for more, select more talents and of course raise the bar for Africans in the terms of technology. In the word of co-founder of Andrea he said “The goal is to cultivate a next generation of founders and CTOs of great companies across Africa.” The Chan-Zuckerberg fund is aimed at solving social issues, and betting on potentially massive projects and this investment (which happens to be their first) ties in nicely with Andela’s intent to train more African engineers to become the leaders in the technology
When Andrea first started, it was known as Fora, since the the commencement of Andrea, it has received nothing less than 400,00 applicants from Nigeria and Kenya, and Andrea has only been able to train about 200 people, who are now engineers. Successful applicants placed as full-time software engineers with Andela’s partners, which range from venture-backed startups in Silicon Valley and New York to global industry leaders including IBM and Microsoft.
Mark Zuckerberg has to say this concerning this new love for Africa, of a recent do not forget that we reported that he supported the first Hackathon in Lagos supported by Facebook that will start soon. “We live in a world where talent is evenly distributed, but opportunity is not. Andela’s mission is to close that gap. Companies get access to great developers, and developers in Africa get the opportunity to use their skills and support their communities. Priscilla and I believe in supporting innovative models of learning wherever they are around the world — and what Andela is doing is pretty amazing.”
Andrea has moved from having its offices in just two cities, which are Nairobi and Lagos, they have recently opened a new one in San Francisco to cater for the developed countries.