The Story Behind the Speaker #2: Tom Dawkins


Tom Dawkins on opening the first co-working space in Australia, getting creative at Burning Man and the Formula for Crowdfunding Success.

Whether it’s in the middle of the dusty deserts of Black Rock, or from a small café in Melbourne, Tom Dawkins, Co-Founder and CEO of StartSomeGood, is constantly creating new opportunities for startups to succeed.

As mentioned last week, we are going to be bringing you weekly guest blogs in the lead up to the Ethical Enterprise Conference 2018, highlighting the stories behind the speakers.

For Tom, being a ‘starter-upperer’ has clearly come naturally, having founded three non-profits by the time he finished university. Tom is a legend in the startup scene, not just because of his own successes, but because he has helped so many find their own success, a lot of the time through very effective crowdfunding.

More from Tom below…

Tell us about your role, experience, and journey to where you are. Why are you passionate about the industry:

I’m passionate about helping innovative social impact projects and enterprises raise the funding they need to do good because I’ve been in that position myself many times. I founded three non-profits by the time I finished university, opened the first co-working space in Australia and co-founded the Australian Changemakers Festival, so I know exactly how hard this is. I also believe that as the pace of change increases we need to increase our innovation capacity, something the social impact sector has traditionally struggled with. I was drawn to crowdfunding as a possible source of the risk-tolerant capital required for early-stage ventures to launch and succeed.

Tell us something about you that people may not already know:

I’ve always been a starter-upperer. In addition to my social benefit projects I’m passionate about music and festivals. I led a dance party promotion crew during university, putting on about 150 events over 5 years including the. lucid festivals, which donated all profits to youth charities. Along with my wife Kate I also founded a core theme camp at the Burning Man Festival, the Black Rock City Farmers Market.

What can we expect to learn about from your talk at the Ethical Enterprise Conference this year?

Crowdfunding for Social Enterprises: The Proven Formula for Success. Presented by social impact crowdfunding platform this practical, fast-moving and informative presentation will teach you everything you need to know to be great at crowdfunding. Crowdfunding is a fantastic way to launch or grow a social enterprise or nonprofit, raise funds for a cause or a creative project or fuel a grassroots movement for your community. But the considerable majority of all crowdfunding campaigns fall short, often because of a handful of common mistakes. StartSomeGood has one of the best success rates in the industry, with 53% of projects reaching their goal (compared to less than 20% on other social good platforms) and will share with you their proven formula for success.

Do you have a social enterprise you’re trying to get off the ground? Are you interested in finding out the formula for success?

Be sure to book your tickets to the Ethical Enterprise Conference as soon as possible, by visiting the Moral Fairground webpage here.

Keep an eye out over the following weeks as we bring you more of the stories behind the speakers and we look forward to seeing you at the Ethical Enterprise Conference 2018!

Until next time,

Skye Vadas
Townhall People

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