Africa is on the rise when it comes to companies and their working environments. Google is said to be the ideal company to work for, with so many perks and an amazing working environment.

But there are companies with unlimited vacations to free food or home buying, and at the same time working on the coolest projects and products that are creating positive effects all over the world.

Here are some of the most amazing companies in Africa you should consider working in that might even be better than Google.

5. Farmerline

Ghana’s Farmerline is one of the top companies to work with.

The startup connects small-scale farmers to information services, products, and resources to improve their incomes, and has over 200,000 farmers registered to date.

farmerline companyIt’s been a busy year, filled with recognition. In June, Farmerline was one of three startups to win the King Baudouin African Development Prize, taking home EUR75,000 (US$84,000) each in prize money.

The company was also selected to join Switzerland-based multi-corporate, zero-equity Kickstart Accelerator – and went on to be named second-best startup in the food vertical at the end of the programme.

With plans to open a Zurich-based office next year, we foresee an exciting year for Farmerline in 2018.

4. Releaf

From Nigeria, agri-tech startup Releaf is fuelling sales of agricultural commodities with its digital trading marketplace.

releafThe concept behind Releaf revolves around building trust between various stakeholders in agribusiness, allowing registered sellers to bid for verified buyer contracts.

The startup came out of stealth mode in August, announcing it has already verified over 600 agribusinesses and facilitated over 100 connections. With the platform now publicly available, Releaf hopes to onboard 20,000 businesses over the next 12 months.

The startup was selected to join Silicon Valley-based accelerator Y Combinator, bagging itself US$120,000 in funding as a result.

3. MeQasa

Featured previously in Forbes after raising $500,000 in 2015, MeQasa goes from strength to strength in Ghana’s real estate market.

meqasaIts platform provides a free service for landlords, brokers and real estate industry professionals by making the search experience for prospective tenants and buyers fast and easy through which was previously a difficult user journey.

MeQasa showcases thousands of property available for rent or purchase – both residential and commercial – from across Ghana.

It matches trusted real estate agents with serious home seekers with details on current property listings. Currently based in Ghana, it aims to replicate this all over Africa and the world.

2. Flutterwave

Flutterwave provides the underlying technology platform that allows businesses to make and accept payments anywhere in Africa.

flutterwaveThey are headquartered in San Francisco with offices in Lagos, Nairobi, Accra, and Johannesburg. So far, Flutterwave claims to have processed $1.2 B in payments, 10 M transactions.

U.S. investors just poured $10 million of fresh funding into it. This sizable round came one year after Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan led a $24 million funding round into another Africa-focused startup, Andela.

26-year-old Nigerian entrepreneur Iyinoluwa Aboyeji, the cofounder of Flutterwave, also cofounded Andela.

It is critical that Africans are able to participate in the digital economy,” Aboyeji told CNN Tech.

1. Andela

Andela is a startup coding school, which has brought a brand new approach to education on the African continent.

andela ugandaAndela was founded in 2014 by four professionals who were working in online education and recruitment business.

The Nigerian start-up company based in Lagos, Kenya, Uganda and New York was founded by Jeremy Johnson, Christina Sass, Iyinoluwa Aboyeji, Nadayar Enegesi
Brice Nkengsa, and Ian Carnevale.

In June 2016, the company received funding from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. In 2017, Andela raised $40 million in Series C funding.

Andela’s mission is to advance human potential by powering today’s teams and investing in tomorrow’s leaders.

In the next ten years, there will be 1.3M software development jobs created and only 400,000 domestic computer science graduates, to fill them.

Africa, meanwhile, is home to the largest untapped talent pool and seven of the 10 fastest growing internet populations in the world.

According to Mark Zuckerberg, Andela’s mission is to close that gap. Companies get access to great developers, and developers in Africa get the opportunity to use their skills and support their communities.

Priscilla and I believe in supporting innovative models of learning, and what Andela is doing is pretty amazing,” Said Mark Zuckerberg, an Investor in the company.

Andela recruits intelligent, local talent through a rigorous testing and interview process and then pays each student each month, with benefits.

Many of the recruits are young men and women in their mid-twenties about to enter the job market. Many have not had any experience with coding or the world of technology beyond the use of a mobile phone.

These are the benefits you enjoyed while working with Andela;

  • Equity opportunities for most full-time employees
  • Comprehensive medical, dental, vision, and disability coverage
  • A compensation package that includes a 401K
  • Free meals every weekday
  • Subsidized living accommodations for some employees
  • A generous time-off policy that includes a winter break at the end of the year
  • A culture that values learning and career development
  • The ability to work with a truly global team, including opportunities for travel and cultural exchange