Andela, the company building distributed engineering teams with Africa’s top software developers announced the completion of a $100M Series D funding.
The round was led by Generation Investment Management with participation from existing investors including Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, GV, Spark Capital, and CRE Venture Capital.
According to an official statement, this financing round brings Andela’s total venture funding to $180 million.
Andela was founded in 2014 to connect Africa’s engineering talent with the demand for software developers worldwide.
In four years, Andela has assessed more than one hundred thousand applicants, hired one thousand software developers, and integrated them into hundreds of companies, such as Safaricom, Percolate, and InVision.
With the Series D funding, Andela will accelerate the development of its technology platform to identify, develop and match talent at scale, says the statement.
By doing so, according to the statement, Andela will provide its customers with the data they need to understand developer performance and better manage distributed teams.
The company is also planning to expand its presence across Africa to meet the global demand for high-quality engineering talent.
“It’s increasingly clear that the future of work will be distributed, in part due to the severe shortage of engineering talent,” says Jeremy Johnson, co-founder and CEO of Andela.
“Given our access to incredible talent across Africa, as well as what we’ve learned from scaling hundreds of engineering teams around the world, Andela is able to provide the talent and the technology to power high-performing teams and help companies adopt the distributed model faster.”
“The growth and innovation that Uganda’s technology scene has demonstrated in the last five years is remarkable,” says Jackie Ochola, Country Director at Andela Uganda.
“In 2018, over half of the hundreds of established tech hubs listed in Sub-Saharan Africa were located across Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda. In just over one year of operation in Uganda, Andela has grown into a team that includes more than 200 software engineers on the path to shaping the Fourth Industrial Revolution. This new round of funding positions Andela to continue developing excellent talent and technology products for the local ecosystem and beyond.”
“Generation’s investment in Andela resulted from our deep research into the future of work. We believe Andela is a transformational model to develop software engineers and deploy them at scale into the future enterprise,” says Lilly Wollman, Co-Head of Growth Equity at Generation Investment Management.
“The global demand for software engineers far exceeds supply, and that gap is projected to widen. Andela’s leading technology enables firms to effectively build and manage distributed engineering teams. We are great admirers of the outstanding team, mission and culture Andela has built across two continents and five countries.”
With tech campuses in Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda, Andela has been recognized as “The Best Place to Work in Africa.”
In 2018, The Wall Street Journal named Andela as one of the twenty-five technology company to watch, and the year prior, Fast Company ranked Andela as the most innovative company in Africa.
In 2019, Andela is projected to double in size, hiring another one thousand software developers and investing heavily in data, engineering, and product development.