The co-founder and COO of Andela, Christina Sass has revealed, while speaking on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt SF, the talent accelerator will invest in startups launched by its graduates.
Developers who graduate from the four years Andela program go on to either work elsewhere, at Andela itself or start their own companies.
Andela thinks its only natural to help their own who start companies by investing in them, and it’s part of its plan to boost Africa’s technology ecosystem.
“We fully expect a subset of [Andela developers] to be launching their own companies, and we intend to help them incubate and invest in them,” Sass stated.
She added, “The long-term goal is that, after those four years, for them to be unleashed, to really spread and lead the spread of technology across the continent.”
Andela, founded by Iyinoluwa Aboyeji in 2014, is already doing its bit for Africa by training both near novices and up-and-coming programmers, and turning them into kickass developers while paying them.
These developers work (sometimes remotely) in tech companies during the course of their training to help with different tech-related projects while gaining on the job experience.
Through this program, Andela is closing the talent gap and investing in the smartest, most creative Africans, and investing in startups built by these Africans is a great way of helping them get off to a great start.
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