We’re Looking for Game Changers

Do you have a potential big idea that could drive value, improve Nelnet, disrupt an industry?

Interested in developing new technologies or new business models that could define the company’s future?

Do you have a cross-functional team to experiment and execute and work in a startup-way to validate and move the idea from search to scale?

I’m In, What’s Next?

First off, make sure you’ve reviewed out Innovation Framework and the Innovation Studio Methodology. Here’s the overview, but click the link for the details.

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To apply to the Pre-Seed Stage, complete the application below. If accepted you and your team (ideally 2-3 people) will be given up to two weeks to work with the Innovation Studio away from the core business analyzing the core market and technology opportunities while developing the initial business model assumptions around problem, solution, and market opportunities.

At the end of the Pre-Seed Stage you and your team will deliver a 4-5 page Idea Brief and investment presentation to the Growth Board to determine next steps and investment opportunity.