Research alone does not change an industry.

Over 260 credit union leaders have been a part of the i3 group.

When can I apply?

Applications are now open through June 30, 2019. 

Apply today!

We bring the top credit union professionals together to brainstorm, test and create products, processes and business models to better serve credit union member needs.

Selected credit union leaders will begin a two-year development journey working with a small group to address some of the biggest issues facing the credit union industry. Over the course of two years, each i3 group will complete four cycles of problem solving, lasting six months each. The i3 groups will deliver outputs for each project cycle and have an opportunity to connect with i3 alumni and industry leaders at Filene events.

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Can anyone apply?

Applicants must be an employee from a credit union or credit union service organization that is a current member of Filene.

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Know someone ready to think forward and change lives? We want to know. Your recommendation for candidates means the world to us.

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How it works:

Selected applicants will be notified between July 31 - August 9, 2019.

What is the time commitment?

Meetings consist of a mix of in-person and virtual meetings:

  • 5 in-person meetings are required over a 2-year period including attending Filene's signature event, big.bright.minds.
  • Weekly group phone or webex meetings.

If selected, you must be present in Durham, NC, November 18-21 for big.bright.minds 2019. Other event dates and locations will be posted as they become available. 

What are the expenses?

Filene will cover meals and Filene event registration. Expenses i3 applicants will need to consider are travel, hotel and small costs for supplies ($50-$150). Filene offers many supply options so supply costs will vary based on the needs of each group.

What is the application process?

The Application

Begin the process by filling out this application form.

The Project 

Within 2-3 days of submitting your application, we will send you a project to complete. The purpose of the project (a one-pager) is to better understand your strategic thinking. The project is due July 15, 2019.

The sooner you apply the sooner you can start working on your project.

The Discussion 

The purpose of the discussion is to allow the i3 applicant to have all their questions about i3 answered by those who know it best, i3 alumni. On July 16, we will virtually introduce you to an i3 alumni. Please find a time between July 16 and July 26 and have a conversation with the i3 alumni assigned. 

The Decision 

Selected applicants will be notified between July 31 - August 9, 2019.

i³ CONCEPTS

i³ (Ideas, Innovation, Implementation) claims more than 150 concepts since the program's inception in 2004. These product, service, and business model innovations help credit unions build operational efficiency, generate loans, mobilize savings, reach communities, and strengthen membership. Browse through them below.