Tanya Sam is a tech savvy businesswoman. Tanya is the Director of Partnerships at TechSquare Labs, a technology startup hub and venture capital fund. Since 2016, TechSquare Labs has invested in over 30 companies and those companies have raised over $300 million dollars in venture capital and generated over $100 million dollars in revenue.
Tanya is passionate about creating pathways to bring more women and minorities into business and technology.
She cofounded BuiltxWomen, a business accelerator for female entrepreneurs. She currently leads Ascend 2020, a technology startup and small business pre-accelerator for minority and female founders.
Additionally, Tanya serves on the Board of Directors for Kate’s Club, a non-profit organization that empowers children that have experienced the death of a parent or sibling. This organization and all the children they help hold a special place in her heart as she also experienced loss at an early age, losing her mother at the age of 12.
Tanya appears on the show The Real Housewives of Atlanta.
Tanya lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her fiancé Dr. Paul Judge, a technology entrepreneur and investor. She was born in Toronto, Canada and her parents are from Ghana and England.
Tanya earned a Bachelor of Science in Genetics and Cell Biology from McGill University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Toronto.
She has practiced nursing for over a decade in some of the top oncology hospitals in Toronto, New York and Atlanta including Princess Margaret Hospital, Northside Hospital, and New York Presbyterian. She is a fashionista, an avid runner, workout queen, spin-cyclist, traveler, foodie and bibliophile.
All About Tanya
Hometown: Born in Toronto, Canada
Places I’ve Lived: Toronto, Montreal, New York, Ghana, Atlanta
Currently listening to: Drake, Beyonce, all things soca and reggae
Favorite food: Sprinkles, spaghetti bolognese and lobster
Fun facts: I was Madonna’s Unapologetic B!tch at Phipps Arena for her Rebel Hearts Tour. She pulled me out of audience and I danced and chatted with her on stage for 10 mins!
3 most-used emojis: wavy hands, hearts and dance emoji
Favorite TV shows: Game of Thrones, Big Little Lies and This is Us
Currently reading: The Favorite Sister, American Marriage and Sapiens.
Childhood nickname: MotorMouth, TBird, Tintin
Products I can't live without: My iPhone, wifi, my peloton bike and Starbucks (so cliché)
Fun Fact: Paul proposed to me on Richard Branson’s private island, Necker Island.