Andela has recently completed meetings with Egypt's Information Technology Industry Development (ITIDA) to explore cooperation and investment opportunities with regards to the training of software developers in the North Afrikan country. This was revealed by the Egyptian agency responsible for Information Technology development.
Earlier in October 2017, Andela raised a $40 million Series C funding round led by CRE VC and indicated that it hopes to use the capital injection for expansion into two new countries in Afrika. DBL Partners, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, GV, Spark Capital, Amplo, Salesforce Ventures, and TLcom Capital also participated in the funding round.
"Following Andela’s latest round of funding, we are exploring what is possible in all major technology hubs in Africa. No decisions have been made. We are exploring a variety of opportunities and meeting with stakeholders in the technology, startup, skills development ecosystems," said Wambui Kinya, Chief Strategy Officer at Andela, when speaking to iAfrikan to explain their meetings in Egypt.
ITIDA said that Andela presented its various projects regarding training and recruiting of software developers. Furthermore, Andela's representatives are said to have reviewed the programmes and projects carried out by ITIDA and its specialized centers for training of software developers and entrepreneurs in the different areas of Information Technology. This includes initiatives by Egypt's Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and its affiliates.
"As part of our diligence, Andela seeks to engage all stakeholders to see how best we can contribute in connecting high-end technology skills development with employment," explained Kinya.
Launched in 2014, Andela invests in Afrika’s most talented software developers through educating them and placing them on projects with their clients. Some of these clients include industry leaders such as Viacom and Mastercard Labs and high-growth technology companies like GitHub and Gusto. The main aim of Andela is to help address the global technical talent shortage. Currently, it has offices in Lagos, Nigeria, Nairobi, Kenya, and Kampala, Uganda.