By Jason McDowell Creative Director Published Sep 24, 2020 at 5:40 PM

The Dophin Pool is a pitch contest organized by Riverworks, which allows local talent from a variety of industries — such as food creation, arts and makers, tech services and more — to present their entreprenuerial idea to an expert panel of judges. (Think Shark Tank, but with friendlier eyes, a bigger smile, and a chirpier tone.)

In this, their 6th year, The Dolphin Pool is also teaming up with Teens Grow Greens to showcase a selection youth-conceived ideas as well.

Contestants will compete for big money, mentorship, prize packages and local celebrity status. While their fate is ultimately in the hands (or is it the flippers?) of the judges, the community still has a chance to make their voice heard and award prizes in both competitions.

How to vote on the Community Choice ballot

Casting a vote in the Pools is easy. Just visit and scroll down to about the middle of the page. There you can watch the 6 Pool pitches and 2 Teens Grow Green pitches, and then make your informed and inspired selection.

Voting is open from now until Friday, September 25 at 5pm. Afterwards, stay tuned for a livestream announcement of the winners at 7pm on the Riverworks Facebook page.

About the organizations

Riverworks is conglomeration of three organizations working together to positively impact businesses and neighborhood residents in the Riverwest and Harambee Beerline corridor: Riverworks Development Corporation, Riverworks Business Improvement District and the Harambee Neighborhood Improvement District. Teens Grow Greens is a local, youth-serving, entrepreneurial organization that fosters teen leadership.

Jason McDowell Creative Director

Jason McDowell grew up in central Iowa and moved to Milwaukee in 2000 to attend the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design.

In 2006 he began working with OnMilwaukee as an advertising designer, but has since taken on a variety of rolls as the Creative Director, tackling all kinds of design problems, from digital to print, advertising to branding, icons to programming.

In 2016 he picked up the 414 Digital Star of the Year award.

Most other times he can be found racing bicycles, playing board games, or petting dogs.