© Saskia Uppenkamp
Christina Sass (Co-Founder, COO), Ian Carnevale (Co-Founder, Brand Director) and Jeremy Johnson (Co-Founder, CEO)

Location: Andela’s office

Andela – Africa’s first elite engineering organization

Technology Services
Founded in 2014
300 employees
Funding $41M / 3 rounds

Andela extends engineering teams with world-class software developers. Based in Lagos, Nairobi, and NYC, Andela recruits the most talented developers on the African continent, shapes them into technical leaders, and places them as full-time distributed team members with companies that range from Microsoft and IBM to dozens of high-growth startups. Founded by Christina Sass, Ian Carnevale, Jeremy Johnson and Iyinoluwa Aboyeji, and backed by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, GV and Spark Capital, Andela is building the next generation of global technology leaders. There are five job openings for every software developer looking for a job in the United States. Africa, meanwhile, has the youngest, fastest-growing population on earth, with more people joining the labor force over the next 20 years than the rest of the world combined. By connecting top employers to the brightest individuals on the African continent, Andela provides a bridge to close the talent gap while investing in the smartest, most creative minds in software development.

This article was published in “the Hundert Vol. 9 – Startups of New York“, December 2016.