Zuckerberg Funds Andela To Train Elite Developers Across Africa

New York-based Andela has become the first company to receive funding from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a limited liability company founded by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his pediatrician wife Priscilla Chan. The goal of Chan Zuckerberg is "advancing human potential and promoting equality," and Andela has been recognized for doing just that.

The two-year-old company, which raised $24 million in Series B funding led by the CZ initiative, aims to train highly skilled software developers across Africa who can then work remotely for companies around the world. GV, formerly known as Google Ventures, is another heavy hitter that recognized the importance of Andela's mission, and participated in the latest round of funding, announced June 16.

A driving philosophy at Andela is that "brilliance is evenly distributed; opportunity is not." The company's mission is to recruit and train talented developers from across Africa and then place them into full-time, outsourced positions. They work with employers ranging from startups to Fortune 500 firms like IBM and Microsoft, aiming to create the next generation of global technology leaders.

With roots in both Nigeria and the U.S., Andela was co-founded in 2014 by Jeremy Johnson, now CEO; Christina Sass, COO; Ian Carnevale, brand director; and Iyinoluwa Aboyeji, recruitment director. Johnson previously founded the education technology company 2U, while Aboyeji is a young serial entrepreneur from Nigeria who, along with Carnevale, led online education startup Fora from 2013 to 2014. Sass is a veteran of the Clinton Global Initiative.

'Huge Milestone' for African Startups

The latest round of funding represents "a huge vote of confidence from some of the most respected names in technology," Johnson said in a blog post on Andela's website. "Not only is it a vote for Andela, but it's also a recognition of the caliber of software developers and human beings that make up the...

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