A new education platform trains the top 1% of tech talent from the largest pool of untapped talent in the world

Launching a career with tech giants IBM and Microsoft is difficult, especially when amenities that the majority of us take for granted aren't readily available to those doing the pursuing. Dubbed “the startup that’s harder to get into than Harvard” by CNN, Andela aims to ensure Africa's elite coders are fully equipped, and then some, for a long, successful career in the industry.

Most coding schools charge students upwards of $15,000, which for many Africans is unattainable. Andela however, which currently operates in Lagos, Nigeria, and Nairobi, Kenya, pays its students the equivalent of a middle-class wage based on rates within the designated areas. The getting in is the hard part. There are 30,000 plus applicants per year, a six-month vetting process and 0.7 percent acceptance rate. That means less than 10 people are accepted at around 10 separate occasions each year. Each applicant is subject to psychometric tests, IQ evaluations, drive and discipline checks and one-on-one interviews to make sure their personalities are just right.

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