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Dawn Dickson-Akpoghene is a serial entrepreneur and inventor with over 20 years of experience in technology, marketing and business development. Dawn is considered to be a pioneer in the equity crowdfunding space after becoming the first female founder in history to raise over $1M in a Reg CF equity crowdfunding campaign. Dawn received her B.A. in Journalism from Ohio State University.

Dawn Dickson-Akpoghene

Dawn Dickson-Akpoghene

PopCom is pushing the boundaries of the retail industry with an automated “high IQ” retail technology platform for vending machines and kiosks. Leveraging facial recognition, artificial intelligence, and blockchain, PopCom’s patented technology introduces the data and analytics of e-commerce into the physical world. PopCom allows retailers to better engage and understand customers, sell more products, and learn from big data.



  • Closed $3.5M StartEngine crowdfunding raise at $26.3M valuation (October 2021) 

  • Founded in 2017​


  • Inc. “Top 100 Female Founders” (2021)

  • 10+ PopShops in market including Hilton Midtown in New York, The Beverly Center in Los Angeles, The Metreon shopping center in San Francisco, and John Glenn International Airport in Colombus, OH

  • Investors include Black Star Fund, JP Morgan Chase, Backstage Capital, JumpStart, LOUD Capital, NCT Ventures, and Rev1 Ventures. 

  • Board members include Clarence Wooten (CEO, Image Cafe) and Jeff Hoffman (Chairman, Global Entrepreneurship Network)

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