Hi! My name is Matatea aka Téa (TEY-YA). I'm a social entrepreneur and the founder of Space2Leap.
Of French-Chinese descent, I was born and raised on the island of Tahiti, French Polynesia. Growing up, I spent much of my time outdoors reading philosophy books and immersed in my family political and environmental activism.
My great-grandfather, Francis Sanford, was a French Polynesian politician who led the struggle for Polynesian independence from French rule, including a vociferous opposition to France’s nuclear test program in our territory.
My great-grandfather’s legacy is what inspired me to build a cause-driven career and use my talents to pay it forward. It is with that ambition in mind that I founded Space2Leap.
“Throughout my journey, I saw too many leaders, ahead their time, and with strong instincts about what might be possible, failing to make it to the next step due to a lack of support, resources or understanding about their vision for change. This absent early alignment of essential factors results in a missed opportunity to address our world’s most pressing and challenging issues and I want to change that.”
Background in a nutshell:
Oxford University, Msc
Auckland University, BA
Universidad Católica de Chile, Academic exchange
Coursera certified online classes in Data Science
- Trilingual: French, English & Spanish
- Survival Japanese (5 years of academic studies)
- 7 years of experience working with impact-driven seed initiatives
I believe that the world needs more visionary leaders to create opportunities, systems, and services that bring value to our lives and solve important problems.
I also understand that pursuing ground-breaking change is no small task. I know that the bigger and more provocative the idea, the harder it is to get support for it, especially in the early stages.
Driven to empower highly transformative, yet under-represented ideas, I created Space2Leap with the end goal of equipping all bold ventures with the resources, support, and direction they need to get where they want to be.