A cabinet meeting chaired by President Paul Kagame on Wednesday evening approved an agreement with ANDELA, a software firm, on establishment of a Pan-Africa hub for software development in Rwanda.
Andela is an American company that specializes in training software developers. The company was founded in 2014 and is based in New York City.
According to sources, Andela was founded by four professionals who were working in online education and recruitment business.
The founders: Ian Carnevale, Iyinoluwa Aboyeji, Jeremy Johnson from 2U and Christina Sass started Andela as a training company to match developers in emerging markets not known as technology hubs with North American companies.
In June 2016, the company, became Mark Zuckerberg’s first bet, receiving funding from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.
In 2017, Andela raised $40 million in Series C funding.
The investment came from CRE Venture Capital, DBL Partners, Amplo, Salesforce Ventures and TLcom Capital, becoming one of the most highly funded African companies not based in Africa.
In 2014, Andela’s recruitment process started with an aptitude test followed by a round of soft skill set interviews of those who scored within the top 10% in the aptitude test.
Thereafter, selected students are coached in a Coding Bootcamp.
To commemorate international women’s day in 2018 the company held a summit tagged Andela Women in Technology Summit to advocate the advancement of women in the tech industry.
In 2018, Andela Nigeria was ranked by Nigeria’s #1 job site Jobberman, as the best place to work for in Nigeria in its annual survey Best 100 Companies To-Work-For by job-seekers and career professionals.
Andela Nigeria had ranked 8th in same survey in 2017.