It pays to be selective | Christina Sass, Co-Founder & CEO of AndelaBusiness, New Zealand|2016|02:20|G
Christina Sass is the Co-Founder and COO of Andela, a recruitment and training business building the next generation of tech leaders from Africa. Andela was founded in 2014 on the idea that brilliance is evenly distributed, but opportunity is not. Andela is the most selective tech training program in Africa with a 0.6% acceptance rate. CNN has described Andela as the start-up that's "harder to get into than Harvard". Andela today has 900 employees including 300 developers working for outside firms, 300 developers in training, and 300 internal staff. Forbes estimates their revenue at close to $20 million. Andela has raised a total of $81 million across five rounds, from investors such as Google Ventures, Spark Capital, Salesforce Ventures. It was the first investment of the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative. In January 2019, Andela closed a $100 million Series D round - one of the largest ever single rounds raised by an African-focused tech company. It brings the total funding raised by Andela to $180 million.