Andela, which trains African software engineers and developers, has launched operations in Egypt and at the same time hired over 80 top engineers from the country.
As part of the launch, Andela has signed an agreement with Egypt’s Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) that will see the agency support the company’s efforts to select and invest in at least 200 of the top software engineers in Egypt.
The engineers will have the opportunity to work with some of the leading technology companies in the world without having to leave Egypt, as Andela runs on a remote working model.
With Andela’s presence in the North African country, it is now active in 5 African countries-Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda.
“Andela builds world-class engineering teams, and we are excited to be enhancing our talent pool as we expand into Egypt. We’ve been impressed by the incredible engineering talent we’ve seen so far across the country, and we’re excited to help raise the profile of Egypt’s tech ecosystem on the global stage,” said Andela chief executive officer Jeremy Johnson.
ITIDA chief executive officer Engineer Hala El Gohary said the organisation was pleased to be working closely with Andela to continue to invest in Africa’s most talented software developers.
“So, we are happy with the company’s decision to invest in Egypt where it gets access to a rich talent pool and enjoys geographic proximity to international markets that perfectly fits the engineering-as-a-service business and would further boost the company’s growth.”
This expansion comes moths after Andela laid-off hundreds of junior software engineers as it restructured its business model to focus on senior developers.