Spark Events

Spark is a monthly event held in Lincoln (and soon to be held in Denver & Madison, too) where innovators from across the organization share and discuss new trends, concepts, and developments in all of Nelnet's business lines.

The event allows a diverse group of innovators the opportunity to share key insights, incubate new ideas, and ultimately use technology to fulfill Nelnet's mission to create opportunities where we live, learn, and work.

At each event, a selected Nelnet leader gives a short presentation about innovation taking place in his or her business area. This could be an update about a project, takeaway learnings from an external event, etc. The presentation is followed by 15 minutes of Q&A, networking, and idea sharing. Here’s a link to the video archive of past Spark events.

Books

Here are a few must reads in the world of innovation…

Videos

2018 Inside Outside Innovation Summit Highlights

Blogs/Articles/Websites

Introduction to Lean Startup:

What is The Lean Startup? (LaunchSpark)

Why the Lean Start-Up Changes Everything (Steve Blank)

Startups: The Lean Method (Steve Blank)

How to Build a Startup (The Lean LaunchPad)

Business Model Canvas

How to Build a Startup (The Lean LaunchPad)

Proving It: Testing the BMC (Strategyzer)

The Business Model Canvas: Explanation and Download (Strategyzer)


Value Proposition Canvas

The Value Proposition Canvas Explained (Strategyzer)

The Value Proposition Canvas: Explanation and Download (Strategyzer)

Value Proposition Canvas Template (Peter J. Thomson)

Customer Development Interviews

26 Resources to Help You Master Customer Development Interviews (Neil Patel)

Customer Discovery: Who Do You Interview? (Justin Wilcox)

How Many Customers Should I Interview? (Justin Wilcox)


Experiments

Partial List of Experiment Types (David Bland)

Partial List of Experiment Types (David Bland)