In March 2014, I did the unthinkable and left my job as a Software Engineer with a great company, Pivotal, to become a full-time entrepreneur. After two years of working professionally, I wanted to step away from the monotony of the traditional 9 to 5, and the idea of building a tech startup out of a friend’s garage had always intrigued me. So I decided to join my longtime friends and classmates Ian Carnevale, Nadayar Enegesi, and Iyinoluwa Aboyeji, to build Fora, a distance learning platform for African universities. We were working out of the offices of Extreme Startups (now HIGHLINE.VC), an accelerator program in Toronto, Canada. My task was to build the Fora mobile application we were planning to launch to supplement our Web platform.
Andelans believe that opportunity should transcend race, gender and nationality. By proving that brilliance is evenly distributed, and that highly specialized skills (e.g. software development) can be mastered and commercialized by Africa’s youngest and smartest, we hope to catalyze a wave of unprecedented human capital investment in Africa, to achieve the purpose of making the world more equitable and prosperous.