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Tech companies based in the United States are setting up software development centers in Nigeria and Kenya, where a number of young developers has led to growing tech communities… The ultimate goal is for Andela alumni to lead the spread of technology across the continent, and Andela’s founders expect them to start their own social businesses and to be chief technology officers and product managers.
In the realm of social entrepreneurship, Andela has a leg up — thanks largely to off-the-charts demand for software engineers, whatever their provenance. Already the ranks of top-flight companies in Silicon Valley are filled by engineers from China, India and Eastern Europe. Why shouldn’t African coders be there too?
True innovation now comes from places and people that are typically overlooked by Silicon Valley—for example, from capital-constrained places—and maybe it always has. As Sand Hill Road continues to hold its unicorns dear, you’ll have to look much further east or west or south to find new (or at least newly recognized) sources of innovation.
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative will lead a funding effort worth $24 million for Andela, a New York-based startup that trains software developers in Africa. The program is the first major investment since it was established by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Dr. Priscilla Chan in December 2015.