Andela, a software training firm matchmaking developers to top engineering firms has turned to county level events to extend its talent reach in a bid to reach over 1000 aspiring developers across the country.
Taking place in Nairobi, Kisumu, Mombasa, Nakuru and Eldoret, the “Andela Tech-ing Over” events are part of Andela’s focus on further widening their reach to attract even more young talent to apply for full time software developer roles. In 2017 Andela has hired over 100 developers in Kenya alone, and is now home to over 300 employees since its launch in the country in June 2015.
According to Joshua Mwaniki, Country Director at Andela Kenya “In an increasingly digital world, we have a unique opportunity to meet both the needs of the global tech community, while equipping the continent with brilliant engineers who have experiences of working as part of world-class companies around the globe, producing cutting-edge products.”
Interested applicants take an aptitude test, a technical test then go through interviews and finally a simulated sprint where they get to engage in product development before they are hired by Andela.
Developers recruited and hired by Andela join as full time software developers where they get to accelerate their expertise and work with software engineering teams in leading companies such as Master Card Labs and Viacom, to mention but a few, and in the process become technology leaders themselves.
Founded in 2014 in Nigeria, Andela has raised a total of $80M in venture funding, $40M of which was a Series C round, announced in October 2017. This latest round of investment was led by pan-African venture firm CRE Venture Capital. Earlier investors who also participated in this round include the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Spark Capital and Google Ventures.
Having over 500 developers across Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda, Andela plans to expand in 2018 aiming at 2 additional African countries as well as doubling the developers to 1000.