Last year, Mark Zuckerberg's socially-minded fund made its first big push, leading a $24 million Series B investment in a New York-based education startup training Africa's most talented software developers for jobs. Andela seamlessly embeds these developers as full-time teammates, enabling companies all over the world to fulfill their engineering needs.
Developers first spend six months on Andela's team mastering a chosen tech stack, building internal products & becoming experts on distributed teamwork. Then they are matched for positions based upon skills & availability & Andela handles all of the onboarding for you. Once things are locked in, the developer flies out to work onsite with your team for 2 weeks (also handled by Andela) & then returns to Africa where they work from one of their secure offices.
Backed by GV (Google Ventures) & Spark Capital, Andela has screened more than 40,000 applicants across Africa over two years & accepted the top 0.7% to work at its bases in Lagos & Nairobi. The developers write code & specialize in frameworks such as Python/Django, iOS & Android & PHP/Laravel. "We live in a world where talent is evenly distributed, but opportunity is not. Andela's mission is the close that gap," said Zuck.