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Here is all the information you need to apply for Filene i3

Application, Part 1: Getting to Know You

This portion will take approximately 45 minutes to complete and includes the following:

  • General contact information 
  • 1 short essay question about you
  • 7 questions all about you (hint... you can't get these ones wrong)
  • 2 references (Name, Title, Company, Phone, & Email required)
  • $75 application fee (cc and checks accepted)
  • 12 multiple choice questions

Application, Part 2: Test Debt Dragon

Before June 12, every applicant is required to test Debt Dragon: 

Provide feedback about Debt Dragon here:

Applications Open 5/1 to 5/31
Debt Dragon Testing 5/1 to 6/12
Tryout Notification* 6/15

*Not every candidate will participate in the tryout. 


 2017 Filene i3 applications are now closed.



We will give the top applicants an opportunity to learn a bit of the Filene Method of Innovation. Each of the top candidates will be put into (virtual) teams to ideate on a problem provided by Filene. Just like our Filene i3 teams do now but on a very condensed timeline. We'll even have a Filene i3 alumnus on each team to help guide you. Teams will present their idea to Filene via a webinar.

  Tryout 1 Tryout 2
Orientation Webinar 7/11 @ 2:00 - 3:30 CST 8/15 @ 2:00 -3:30 CST
Virtual Team Time 7/11 to 8/8 8/15 to 9/12
Virtual Tryout

8/8, Afternoon, specific times TBD

9/12, Afternoon, specific times TBD



The first meet-up for this class will be at big. bright. minds in Austin, TX on December 5th through December 8th. New i3ers need extra time for their orientation prior to big. bright.minds and a day on the end to innovate with their new teams.

Feel free to contact Marnie at or 608.661.3748 with any questions. 


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Filene is always looking for the brightest individuals in the credit union community to join our prestigious i3 program. Explore the documents below to learn more about Filene i3 and how the program works.  


Read about the radical new solutions developed by the current Filene i3 class. Ballooning student loan debt, financial security during stressful life events and maximizing value from credit union conferences are just a few of the solutions to address consumer and credit union challenges.

Download the report.

Filene thanks CSCU for its generous support of Filene i3.