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Based in Lagos, Nairobi, and NYC, Andela recruits the most talented developers on the African continent, shapes them into technical leaders, and places them as full-time distributed team members with companies that range from Microsoft and IBM to dozens of high-growth startups.


Endowed with energy and unique talents for using technology to solve problems, information technology development experts from Nigeria are filling the gaps in the US technology sector.


“Those types of engineers that care about what they’re building, they’re the ones you want on your team all the time.”

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While Kenya continues to attract significant investment, West Africa—led by Nigeria—is beginning to catch up. Nigerian startups attracted $49.4 million in funding in 2015, second only to South Africa, according to a report by tech portal Disrupt Africa.


Andela, backed by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s investment fund, is placing developers from across Africa as remote developers for US companies.


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?


A shortage of software developers in the U.S. has prompted some companies to seek talent in Africa, home to a young and increasingly tech-savvy workforce.


For tech companies to continue to grow, they need talent. And if one startup has its way, a big chunk of that talent is going to come from Africa. Listen to Andela CEO and co-founder Jeremy Johnson on this week’s episode of Mashable’s Biz Please podcast.


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.


Andela co-founder and chief executive officer Jeremy Johnson discusses the future of technology in Africa with Emily Chang on “Bloomberg West.” (Source: Bloomberg)


Ignore Africa at your peril. That was the warning from political and business leaders who attended the second U.S.-Africa Business Forum in New York on Wednesday and dismissed an economic slowdown in the world’s poorest continent as a temporary blip.


Andela, a company working to bring the top 1% of African tech talent to engineering teams in need of capable, skilled developers, will eventually invest in the startups from those who complete its four-year program.


As companies become more distributed, communications tools become increasingly important to keep people connected and allow project managers to be up to date on the latest developments of new builds. It’s not hard to believe that could become another tool in the collaborative toolkit.


For many tech savvy Nigerians, Mark Zuckerberg’s visit is an epochal moment in the evolution of the local tech ecosystem and serves to validate the work put in by founders and facilitators over the past decade.


Mark Zuckerberg is getting serious about adding new “friends” in Africa. The Facebook founder visited Sub-Saharan Africa for the first time on Tuesday, touching down in Lagos, Nigeria.


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.


You know you’re onto something when you have Mark Zuckerberg and Google behind you.
Andela, a two-year-old startup, trains software developers in Africa and gives them full-time roles at international companies.


Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg’s charitable initiative has made its first private sector investment, funding a start-up that helps technology companies including Google and Microsoft hire engineers in Africa.

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