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The Wisconsin Innovation Group

Discover new ideas!The financial services sector is undergoing a period of significant disruption, with new competitors capturing the attention and wallets of consumers. This program involves participants and their credit unions in a nine-month process to develop financial products, services and business models that increase credit unions' relevance as Americans' best financial partner.

Modeled after the Filene Research Institute's i3 (Ideas, Innovation, Implementation) program, the program leverages the Filene Method innovation curriculum to bring an innovation competency to Wisconsin credit unions. 

The effort is a collaboration of:

  • The League, which coordinates credit unions' involvement in the program (apps are due August 4);

  • The Filene Research Institute, which engages participants in the ideation, development and implementation; 

  • Corporate Central Credit Union, which is providing generous funding to support the effort; and

  • Credit unions, which dedicate themselves to a nine-month process of engagement.

Participants move from insights to ideation, prototyping, testing, and an official unveiling of homegrown innovation at the 2018 League Annual Convention & Expo.

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 ​ "You'll go from observing and identifying problems, to the type of innovative solutions that your members can’t clearly articulate today, but when they see them, are going to say, ‘This is exactly what I needed.’" -- Elry Armaza

Apply by August 4 to participate!

Chart new territoryWe'll select 20 participants who will directly engage in the program. They will involve their credit union with the potential to significantly impact their strategy and member service.

Participants must be willing to dedicate themselves to a nine-month, collaborative process. You may hold any role for your credit union except president/CEO. If you're a leader or aspire to leadership, this is your opportunity to earn your stripes!

To determine whether this program is a right fit, consider to what extent your credit union:

  • treats innovation as a long-term strategy rather than a short-term fix.

  • practices a deliberate, comprehensive and disciplined approach to innovation.

  • has developed new capabilities that you did not have three years ago.

  • deliberately stretches and builds internal competencies in new initiatives.

  • is satisfied with your personal participation as a driver of innovation.

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Interviews will be conducted in mid-August (not all applicants will be interviewed).

Final selections will be announced the week of August 21​.


  • August 4: Applications/nominations for participants due
  • August 21: Participants selected
  • October 4-5: Project immersion session
  • October – May 2018: ideation, prototyping, testing, and implementation of home-grown innovations
  • May 2018: Wisconsin Innovation Showcase at The League’s Annual Convention & Expo

Who we're looking for

Think differently!Candidates must:

  • Represent a Wisconsin League-member credit union
  • Exhibit leadership, passion & a collaborative spirit

  • Obtain supervisor approval and provide two references

  • Have lodging and transportation costs covered by their credit union

  • Complete an online app including two short essays

  • Agree to participate in an project immersion session held Oct. 4-5, 2017

  • Unveil your ideas at the 2018 League Annual Convention & Expo


About the collaborators

The Wisconsin Credit Union LeagueThe League

is the trade association for Wisconsin's credit unions – not-for-profit financial institutions that are cooperatively owned by their 2.9 million members. The League is dedicated to serving Wisconsin's credit unions and promoting the credit union difference. The League helps consumers, the media, legislators and others to learn more about credit unions. 

Filene Research InstituteFilene Research Institute

is an independent, consumer finance think and do tank dedicated to scientific and thoughtful analysis about issues affecting the future of credit unions, retail banking and cooperative finance. Filene is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Nearly 1,000 members make the nonprofit’s research, innovation and impact programs possible.

Corporate Central Credit UnionCorporate Central Credit Union

is a federally insured financial cooperative built on the values of commitment to service, fiscal responsibility, and respect for the individual. We cultivate a culture of respect, ethics, teamwork and innovation. We are "Helping Members to be Wildly Successful" by delivering industry knowledge and expertise to help credit unions achieve their strategic objectives and compete in today’s evolving financial services industry. We are motivated to passionately serve our members and strive to learn, create and innovate daily. 


Contact Josh Roberts, League Vice President of System Collaboration & Development at (608) 514-0080