Andela is an American company with operational campuses in Africa[3] [4]including Nigeria, Ghana & Kenya [5] that identifies and develops software developers. The company launched operations in Nigeria in 2014, to help global companies overcome the severe shortage of skilled software developers and has offices in Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and the United States.[6]

Andela Inc
GenreTalent accelerator[1]
FoundedMay 21, 2014; 6 years ago (May 21, 2014)
Number of locations
Area served
Key people
Jeremy Johnson (Co-Founder & CEO)
Christina Sass (Co-Founder & COO)
Iyinoluwa Aboyeji (Co-Founder & Recruitment Director)
Nadayar Enegesi (Co-Founder & Director of Learning)
Brice Nkengsa (Co-Founder & Director of Technology)
Ian Carnevale (Co-Founder)
Seni Sulyman (Vice President, Global Operations)
ServicesComputer science education, programming, outsourcing, software training
Number of employees
1458 (November 2018)[2]


Andela was founded in 2014 by four professionals who were working in the online education and recruitment business. The founders, Ian Carnevale, Iyinoluwa Aboyeji (a member of the Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance[7]), Jeremy Johnson (formerly of 2U), and Christina Sass,[8] started Andela as a training company to match developers in emerging markets now known as technology hubs[9] with North American companies. In June 2016, the company received 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.[10]

In November 2018 it officially launched its office in Rwanda. Andela also announced its first female Nigerian country Director, Omowale David - Ashiru in 2018.[11]

In January 2019 Andela raised $100 million in the next round of funding.[12]

On 17th September 2019, Andela made a bold move when it announced the departure of nearly 250 junior developers and staff from its Nigeria and Uganda offices, with another 170 potentially impacted in Kenya. The move came in as the company looked to restructure its talent pool to more closely align with global market demand.[13]

On 6 May 2020, Andela announced a layoff of 135 employees due to a drop in the demand for its services due to the COVID-19 pandemic. [14]


  1. ^ Jackson, Tom How Andela is helping Africa beat the world’s developer shortage The Next Web March 31, 2016
  2. ^ "Company Profile". Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Andela, in search of a model, experiences run of bad luck". The Africa 2020-05-22. Retrieved 2020-06-13.
  4. ^ "How Andela was founded – Iyinoluwa Aboyeji". TechCabal. 2016-06-20. Retrieved 2020-06-13.
  5. ^ Kazeem, Yomi. "Andela is overhauling its outsourcing model in Africa—and letting go of up to 400 developers". Quartz Africa. Retrieved 2020-06-13.
  6. ^ Lohr, Steve (2017-10-10). "Start-Up Bets on Tech Talent Pipeline From Africa". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-12-21.
  7. ^ "How a Serial Entrepreneur Used Tech to Enable Africa's Success". Harambeans. Retrieved 2020-08-27.
  8. ^ Lovering, Joanne (August 16, 2016). "Former Mississauga News intern's company gets $24 million boost from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg". The Mississauga News.
  9. ^ Ufeli, Mohini (December 18, 2014). "This Company Is Paying Nigerians to Learn Computer Programming". Wired.
  10. ^ "Andela, a tech training and development outsourcer for African coders, raises $40M". October 10, 2017.
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  12. ^ "Connecting African software developers with top tech companies nets Andela $100 million". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2019-01-23.
  13. ^ Bright, Jake. "Africa-focused Andela cuts 400 staff as it confirms $50M in revenue". TechCrunch. Retrieved 18 September 2019.
  14. ^ Bright, Jake. "Andela CEO confirms staff cuts as layoffs hit African tech". TechCrunch. Retrieved 6 May 2020.

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