Andela, a Pan-Afican technology tech Hub targeted at building engineering teams with Africa’s software developers, on Friday announced the launch of a technology hub in its fourth African market: Kigali, Rwanda in partnership with the Government of Rwanda through the Rwanda Development Board (RBD).
According to Andela, Kigali was the ideal strategic location for the company’s first pan-African hub due to its strong existing infrastructure and ease of access for developers across the continent.
Through the partnership, RDB will support Andela’s efforts to build a pan-African workforce and support the development of Rwandan and other African talent.
Andela’s aim is catalyzing the growth of tech ecosystems across the African continent while solving the global technical talent shortage.
It launched operations in Nigeria in 2014 to help global companies overcome and address the shortage of skilled software developers and invest in Africa’s technical minds.
Andela claims that it has hired and developed more than 700 software engineers across the continent who help power the technology teams of more than 150 global companies, including Viacom, Pluralsight and GitHub, while setting new standards for engineering culture.
In 2018, the tech network earned Best Place to Work awards for both its Lagos and Nairobi offices in recognition of its company-wide focus on diversity and inclusion, stellar office culture, dynamic working environment, and opportunities for career advancement.
Through Andela’s distributed model of work, it was noted during the launch, developers gain global experience with the world’s top technology firms while working remotely from an Andela campus.
The software skills developing firm will open applications to candidates from any African country looking to jumpstart a global career in software development in August and launch its Kigali tech campus in December of 2018.
It will also open applications for the Andela Learning Community (ALC), which provides free resources and mentorship to aspiring technologists, in Rwanda and Tanzania in August of 2018.