Hannah Masila and Seni Sulyman launched Andela startup in 2014. Adele trains developers in Africa and hires them out to global tech companies. The startup’s innovation helps in tech industry revolution in Africa. The company made $24 million in 2016 infusion through the effort of Mark Zuckerberg.
The startup is currently having one thousand coders. Andela has built up campuses in Lagos, Nigeria, Nairobi, Kenya and Kampala, Uganda to train coders and then put them to work on projects for companies such as Mastercard Labs, Viacom, GitHub, and Gusto. The company also aims at attracting more customers in the future. It also enables the American tech startups to innovate in different regions. Moreover, it allowed these companies to operate from New York to San Francisco and Pittsburgh.
Andela pays its employees a minimal salary for the first six months after they join but gives them each a laptop, provides subsidized housing, and offers two meals per-day. That’s in addition to technical and professional skills development, leadership training, and mentorship. The company says it invests $15,000 in each developer during this period.
After the six months, once developers are promoted and begin client work, Andela says it pays a salary that is competitive within their local tech ecosystem. That goes up to around $2,500/pm in Lagos and around $3,000/pm in Nairobi.
Mr Sulyman came back to Nigeria after spending eleven years in America. He worked at a prominent tech company in the US. He studied at the Harvard Business School. According to the Company President, Seni Sulyman, the startup mentors the tech companies in Africa. He added that in ten years time, the company plans to empower 100,000 tech startups in the continent. During the same time, the US will have a short of 1,000,000 developers worldwide. He noted that the competition in this industry is so stiff. The applicants’ acceptance rate at Andela is 0.7% which is below one percent.
A co-founder Hannah Masila explained that her intention was to inspire youths. She added that young entrepreneurs need just to believe in themselves. She grew up in Kenya with a fixed mindset in farming. She advanced her education in the field of engineering. After completing her studies, she was a problem solver in her family and to the community. She used to fix default TVs among other electronic devices. She decided to go back to Nigeria to develop her online tech startup.
The U.S investors support software training programs in Nigeria. The African countries attract many tech startups globally. The tech startups received over a half billion dollars in 2017 startups’ funding.