What is Andela, the Africa tech talent accelerator?

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By Jake Bright
September 7, 2019

As some­one who cov­ers Africa’s tech scene, I’m fre­quent­ly asked about Andela. That’s not sur­pris­ing, giv­en the ven­ture gets more glob­al press (arguably) than any start­up in Africa.

I’ve found many Sil­i­con Val­ley investors have heard of Andela  but aren’t exact­ly sure what it does.

In a bite, Andela is Series D stage start­up―backed by $180 mil­lion in VC―that trains and con­nects African soft­ware devel­op­ers to glob­al com­pa­nies for a fee.

The rev­enue-focused ven­ture is often mis­read as a char­i­ty. In 2017, Andela CEO Jere­my John­son described the orga­ni­za­tion as “a mis­sion-dri­ven for-prof­it com­pa­ny” ― a mod­el for the con­cept “that you can actu­al­ly build busi­ness­es that cre­ate real impact.”

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