Genius is evenly distributed, opportunity is not, that is the driving motto of Andela, a software engineering startup that has signed up 800 Ugandans after success in Kenya and Nigeria in her quest to build a continent of talent.
Andela has opened shop in in Kampala to create a pool of top notch software developers and help companies grow even faster and efficiently, the company says it has already signed up 800 developers.
“The Kampala tech scene is vibrant, growing, and full of entrepreneurial spirit and untapped potential,” says Andela Chief Strategy Officer Wambui Kinya. “Andela is excited to support and contribute to the growth of the Ugandan tech ecosystem by providing a hub for brilliant minds to learn and collaborate.”
Brainchild of Jeremy
According to a recent Indeed report, there will be 1.3 million software development jobs created in the next ten years and only 400,000 domestic computer science graduates to fill them.
With 70% of its population below the age of 25 — the second youngest country in the world — Uganda represents a massive opportunity for Andela to equip the next generation of technologists and innovators in Kampala with the expertise they need to accelerate the advancement of their local communities through technology.
The brainchild of Jeremy Johnson, co-founder of recently public edtech startup 2U, Nigerian entrepreneur Iyinoluwa Aboyeji, American education advocate Christina Sass, and Canadian startup founder Ian Carnevale, Andela opened its doors in Lagos, Nigeria less than a year ago. Already, the company’s track record and ambitious roadmap has attracted the interest of venture investors in the U.S.
Uganda is also home to a vibrant tech scene, with several tech hubs and incubators (Hive Colab, Women in Technology, and Outbox among them) and tech events happening weekly.
Over 50% of Uganda’s GDP is from the informal sector, which employs 80% of the workforce. We’ve already seen the impact of tech in the informal sector and Andela wants to accelerate that growth by developing the next generation of technology leaders.
As the global technology market continues to grow at a rapid pace, companies are looking outside of local markets to find top development talent.