Media personality and tech-savvy entrepreneur Tanya Sam is poised to host a brand new show profiling successful black business leaders.
Sam, who is based in Atlanta, will be the fresh face of the first-ever U.S. edition of Making of a Mogul. She will also serve as the associate producer.
The docu-reality series goes behind the scenes with accomplished entrepreneurs. It tells the story of what it’s like to pursue big dreams while dealing with inevitable challenges that came with building a scalable venture.
The upcoming series is the brainchild of CEM Media Group. Co-founder and chief creative officer of the multiplatform media platform Michael Djaba is the creator.
“It has always been my mission to create pathways for women and minority entrepreneurs, whether that be through awareness, accelerator programming, or even access to capital.”
Mogul features entrepreneurs with a collective gross annual turnover of over $500 million. Those that have made the cut include John Hope Bryant, Founder of CEO of Promise Homes; Aisha “Pinky” Cole, Founder of the Slutty Vegan restaurant chain, Virgil Gordon of Gordon Venture Capital and Power Purchase Mortgage; Thomas Duncan, CEO at Jetdoc alongside business partners former Atlanta Mayor, Kasim Reed, and global hip hop star, Akon.
As is a key player in Atlanta’s startup ecosystem, Sam certainly has the credentials to front the show. She is the director of partnerships at TechSquare Labs, a technology startup hub and venture capital fund. She also co-leads the Ascend 2020 Atlanta program that supports minority and female founders and co-founded BuiltxWomen, a business accelerator for female entrepreneurs. Her most recent project is the Ambition Fund, an investment company focused on funding businesses founded by women and minority entrepreneurs.
“I have had the most incredible time conveying the narrative of such a diverse group of entrepreneurs,” said Sam. “It has always been my mission to create pathways for women and minority entrepreneurs, whether that be through awareness, accelerator programming, or even access to capital.”
“The face of entrepreneurship is ever-evolving and I want to empower and ensure that all minority groups, inclusive of people of color, women, and the LGBTQ communities have the same level of access and opportunities to thrive,” she added. “Being a part of Making of a Mogul is just one of the many ways I am making that possible.
“The goal is to showcase these entrepreneurs as the rockstars of our generation and I am grateful for the opportunity to work with CEM Media Group on the upcoming release of my first series. It has been so inspiring and I cannot wait to share these incredible stories with the world.”
The original iteration of Making of a Mogul has proved to be a ratings hit before coming to the U.S. and is broadcast on networks such as South Africa-based DSTV and M-Net, British Sky Broadcasting, and Fox Networks Africa.