The Andela Mafia: 50 Tech Start-Ups Founded by Our Alumn

So unless you are living under a rock, you have probably heard about the news of the Andela $200m raise led by Softbank, and its entry into the Unicorn Club!




As many of you know Andela holds a special place in my story and is a big part of my current trajectory as an African Venture Capitalist.

I began my angel investing career in 2013 and Fora, which later transitioned in to Andela (a story for my unpublished book” Investing in the Dark, A Decade of Backing Afropreneurs“), was my fourth investment, and I was one of the earliest checks in.

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It is of course now the second unicorn in my portfolio, after Flutterwave, earlier this year.

My experience helping the Fora (and later Andela ) team navigate the early years formed a big part of why I chose to become a full time angel investor , and later establish one of the continent’s most active local VC firms, LoftyInc Capital.

Idris Bello with Jeremy Johnson of Andela

As Jeremy Johnson, Andela CEO/CoFounder said when he became an LP in our latest Fund ;

” Long before Andela was an obvious success story, Idris stepped in to back us. Bringing both capital and, just as importantly, local context and knowledge, he helped us navigate those challenging early years, and I’m proud to be able to back him and the LoftyInc team in return.”

Jeremy Johnson, Andela CEO

A lot will be written about the latest massive raise and what it means for the developer ecosystem in Africa and other emerging markets, as well as the inspiration it brings to founders on the continent. In future years, I also plan to write on the Andela story from the vantage point of an investor, seeing excellence and world class culture being built one day at a time.

But I find it important to quote this excerpt from Jeremy’s announcement;

“We started Andela in 2014 because we believe that brilliance is evenly distributed, but artificially constrained by borders, real and imagined. We are doing more to reduce those barriers today than ever before. By the end of this year, we will have engineers from more than 100 countries working with some of the best companies in the world — and on average, earning 64% more than they did in their previous job. By the end of next year, it will feel normal that the best engineer on your team is from somewhere you haven’t been to.

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In the future, global hiring will be the default position. It will be faster, easier, and more effective to hire globally through Andela than it is for companies to hire locally today. As a result, companies will have access to better talent, and talent will have access to more compelling roles – and race, gender, and nationality will become less deterministic of opportunity. “

Now I want to draw attention to an often over-looked aspect of the Andela story. Most of the time, the discussion is focused on how Andela changed the software developer ecosystem and made African developers hotcakes globally.

However, only a few insiders know that at a point, Andela also explored creating an entrepreneur track for Fellows who did not want to continue along the developer track, and rather than lose them, the intent was to help them get started on their own startups via an Andela accelerator and get support from the Andela ecosystem. Obviously for business focus reasons, the plan was later jettisioned.

But given my own accelerator and entrepreneurial backgrounds, it was an idea I loved , and so I remember making a commitment to back as many Andela alumni who became entrepreneurs as I could.

Like Paypal , Like Andela?

But as someone who has seen the ripple effect of the Paypal mafia in the US, and the Uber/Careem mafia in MENAP, I got thinking a few days ago about trying to see if something like that could be made to happen in the next decade.

And to my surprise, I started asking my Andela people (thanks Seni, Nad, Gbenga, Yvonne, and Iyin) to see if they knew any Andela alumni (defined loosely as someone who used to be a Fellow or employee at Andela) who had gone on to either start a tech startup themselves, or play a lead role at one .

Surprise , surprise. We came up with this list of over 50 Andela alumni who have since gone on to found companies or lead a startup.

Welcome to the Andela Mafia!


S/N Name (s) Roles Company
1. Nadayar Enegesi Co-Founder/CEOFounding Resident Edenlife
2. Silm Momoh Co-Founder Edenlife
3. Prosper Otemuyiwa Co-Founder Edenlife
4. Firi Adoki Food Producer Edenlife
5. Collins Unogu Finance Manager Edenlife
6. Iyin Aboyeji Co-Founder
Managing Partner
7. Temitope Akinremi Customer Success Manager Indicina
8. Ebot Tabi CEO Voyance
9. Rita Achebe Technical Recruiting Manager TalentQL
10. Jolomi Otumara CEO Partcloud
11. Taiwo Oyeniyi Distrobird
12. Faith Adekunle DistroBird
13. Bosun Olanrewaju Co-Founder/CTO Risevest
14. Oladayo Oyelade CEO Enyata
15. Innocent Amadi Co-Founder/Innovation Hera Marketing
16. Oluebube Egbuna Co-Founder/Strategy Hera Marketing
17. Olaide Agboola Dropper Africa
18. Chijioke Ndubisi Founder
19. Ian Carnevale Volley
20. Olamide Danso Bundle Africa
21. Tobi Otokiti Senior Growth Product Manager Flutterwave
22. Murphy Enaho Co-Founder/CTO Pingpong
23. Ayodele Ogunlowo CEO Treegar
24. Ugo Okoro CEO/Co-Founder Muster Africa
25. Adeola Okunoye Head, Service Operations Muster Africa
26. Joshua Ayo Omomia CEO Africa Resource Company,
Cradle Talent
27. Mustapha Abokede Co-Founder Aspire Power Solution
28. Judith Okonkwo Founder Imisi3D
29. Moses Kihumba Founder/CEO Carhoot
30. Sean McLintock Founding Partner NeoKuma Ventures
31. Adam Lupu Founder Startwise
32. Michael Rosenberg Founder/Customer Experience Startwise
33. Matt Heider CEO Nautilus Labs
34. Seni Sulyman Founder Black Ops
35. Taiwo Judah-Ajayi Chief People Officer Moove
36. Phillip Akinyele (PayFi)
37. Tams Sokari Smile Identity
38. Oluwatobi Smith Manager, People & Culture Smile Identity
39. Kenny Isichei Country Manager Jetstreams Africa
40 Babajide Duroshola General Manager M-Kopa
41 Sadiq Ademosu Head of Finance, Nigeria & Ghana M-Kopa
42. Biodun Laaro Operations Manager Startwise
43. Folayemi Agusto CEO/Co-Founder TixdotAfrica
44. Shalom Ayidu CTO TixdotAfrica
45. Obie Fernandez Founder & CEO Let The Music Pay
46. Eugene Mutai CTO & Co-Founder GetRaise
47. Kehinde Ogunde Founder DoughRequest
48. Modupe Durosinmi-Etti Program Director The Bulb Africa
49. Daniel Ale CTO Prunedge
50. Bodunrin Akinola Head, People Okra
51. Garba Tunde Engineering Manager Okra
52. Michael Ikechi Co-Founder Abel Africa
53. Benjamin Dada FounderCountry Manager Benjamindada.comStitch
54 Chioma Uzo-kalu COO Sparkle
55 Deji Jaiyeoba Vice President Sourcing Releaf

This Is Andela #TIA


This article was culled from  The Afropeneur

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