The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is leading a $24 million Series B round of funding of Andela, a startup that is raising tech talent across Africa. Andela is providing world class software development skills to young people. It is also helping to integrate top notch tech talent. As such, the startup’s work does not end with training but is a complete end-to-end solution that develops and provides highly skilled people with opportunities to accomplish great things.
A Milestone for Andela
This Series B funding is first time that the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is leading a round. It is no doubt a significant milestone in the success story of what has become one of Nigeria and Africa’s beacon of a great new world.
Here is how Andela CEO, Jeremy Johnson captures it:
The round represents a huge vote of confidence from some of the most respected names in technology. Not only is it a vote for Andela, but it’s also a recognition of the caliber of software developers and human beings that make up the Andela Fellowship.
Because of the outstanding work of startups like Andela and its partners, a new breed of capable tech hands are being produced right out of Africa and elsewhere. And the beauty of the story is that Nigerians and Africans are part of making this revolution happen.
Andela was a pivot from Iyin Aboyeji’s Fora. In 2014, he teamed up with Jeremy Johnson, who is now CEO. Iyin serves as Recruitment Director. The startup has campuses in Lagos, Nairobi and New York.