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Filene Fill-In Podcast: 2019 Spring Projects

If you’re interested in what a day in the life of an i3er is like, our latest podcast gives you the chance to get that inside look! 

Part 1 + Part 2 

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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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.


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.