Dawn Dickson Keynote Speaker, Serial Entrepreneur, Founder and CEO of PopCom
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US East: $10,000 – $20,000*
US West: $10,000 – $20,000*
Europe: $10,000 – $20,000*
Asia: $10,000 – $20,000*
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Tags: Backstage Capital / Business / College & University / Diversity & Inclusion / Artificial Intelligence / Crowdfunding / Blockchain & Web3 / Emcees & Moderators / Entrepreneurship / Startup / Team Building / Innovation / Leadership / Technology


Dawn Dickson-Akpoghene is a serial entrepreneur and inventor with over 19 years of experience in technology, marketing and business development. Her most recent ventures are Flat Out of Heels and PopCom. 

Dawn has received numerous awards and accolades for her business savvy and pitching skills, and has been invited to speak on numerous panels and workshops and featured in countless media outlets including Forbes, Black Enterprise, Fortune, Fast Company, Venture Beat, Huffington Post, Essence Magazine, The Miami Herald, CNBC/Yahoo series ‘The Biz Fix’ with Marcus Lemonis, and MSNBC ‘Your Biz’ Elevator Pitch. Dawn has expertise in raising traditional and non-traditional business capita, having raised millions of dollars for her ventures since 2001. In 2019, Dawn became the first female CEO globally to raise a secure token offering (STO) over $1 million using equity crowdfunding under Reg CF the JOBS Act. In 2020, Dawn raised a second fully subscribed equity crowdfunding campaign bringing her total to $2.3M raised from 4,800 investors. 

A recognized leader in entrepreneurship and technology, Dawn was invited to testify before a Congressional Committee on Small Business in March 2020 in a hearing titled “Building Blocks of Change: The Benefits of Blockchain Technology for Small Businesses”. Dawn is the winner of the 2020 OBWS Entrepreneur of the Year award, a graduate of the 2019 Nasdaq Milestone Maker program, she was featured on the cover of the June 2018 Black Enterprise Magazine, she was honored as one of the National Urban League Young Professionals ‘Heroes in the Movement’, featured as INC Magazine Top 100 Female Founders, featured in Who’s Who in Black Columbus, Who Who’s in Black Atlanta, honored as one of Legacy Miami’s Top 40 Under 40 Leaders in South Florida, and listed among the ‘50 Young Visionary Women Leaders to Watch’ by Innov8tiv Magazine. 

Dawn received her B.A. in Journalism from The Ohio State University and studied technology at DeVry University. Dawn is a Techstars alumnus, completing the program with PopCom in 2017. Additionally, Dawn is the host of the BARS! Podcast on Apple and Spotify where she shares her key learning as an entrepreneur over a hip-hop soundtrack. Dawn is a seasoned professional speaker, business advisor, and angel investor.  She continues to be recognized as one of the nation’s top retail tech entrepreneurs.


BARS! Live

BARS! Live is a live interactive version of the BARS! Podcast hosted by Dawn Dickson and Kaleem Musa on Spotify, Apple, and Google. BARS! podcast was Inspired by an epic rant on Instagram Live about the state of entrepreneurship. In BARS! Dawn and her co-host Kaleem are giving a real-world perspective on entrepreneurship from starting a company to customer acquisition to raising capital. BARS! Is full of free game for those who are, and those who are thinking about becoming entrepreneurs, with a hip hop flavor. Topics can vary and are based on the seven episodes of the podcast.

Female Entrepreneur: When Being Underrepresented is an Advantage

Dawn discusses her 19-year journey as a woman in technology and ways for other women to leverage their unique skill sets to design the life and business they have always desired. Topics include lifestyle design, the importance of self-care, quieting the noise in your life, finding your ‘why’ and staying true to yourself.

Perfecting Your Pitch

Dawn has won thousands of dollars and secured over $1.5 million in investments from pitch competitions, venture capitalists, and angel investors. In this workshop or keynote, Dawn takes you step-by-step with key tips, vocabulary, and techniques on how to create the perfect pitch to attract customers and investors. Takeaways will be an editable investor deck template and a vocabulary list.

The Future of Retail is Omnichannel

In this keynote, Dawn discusses the automated retail technology industry and how vending and kiosks are the future of omnichannel retail. Topics include: how kiosks and vending machines are innovating retail, why omnichannel distribution is important, how small and medium-size companies can compete with Amazon through maximizing omnichannel distribution.

Blockchain Technology for Retail

In this keynote, Dawn discusses how blockchain technology can be leveraged in retail, including for the use case of selling regulated retail products including cannabis, alcohol, and pharmaceuticals.

Non-Traditional Ways of Raising Capital

In this keynote or workshop, Dawn takes you through the various ways to secure capital for your business outside of the traditional venture capital or bank route. This talk focuses on the JOBS Act and SEC Title III Regulation CF and Regulation D rules around raising capital.