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MDC’s NextUP Program

MDC’s NextUP program is the credit union industry’s preeminent innovation opportunity, bringing together our owners’ best movers-and-shakers and brightest up-and-comers.
Through our exclusive program, hand-selected applicants from our ownership receive innovation training, project development support, and strategic growth coaching from industry-leading consultants.

The Value of NextUP Program

NextUP participants receive hands-on training from innovation professionals and are guided through developing new, actionable project ideas to propel the credit union industry forward and help our owners compete today and over the next two decades.
This event brings back practical innovation techniques to tackle industry issues and uncover future project ideas. MDC ownership includes complimentary access to this event, so our credit unions only pay for their participants’ travel and accommodation expenses.
Elevating the credit union industry

The ideas and research coming from the NextUP Program are completely unlike any other program in the movement. There is no other group that not only develops the initial idea but then spends the following 12 to 18 months bringing it to reality. Ideas, backed by research, partnerships, and execution can change the world.

Kris Kovacs , CEO

The NextUP program is the “jet fuel” for credit union distinction, personnel development, and innovation skills and capability development. I am honored to help facilitate the research, innovation and NextUP program activities. The ideas that incubate from the program activities are the future competitive advantage for the MDC owners. The skills that the NextUP participants develop will equip them to be future leaders.

Kurt Schroeder , Chief Member Experience Advisor


All MDC owners are encouraged to submit applications for our NextUP program each year. Please contact us if you are interested in knowing more!


Are you a current or former participant of NextUP or MDC’s Innovation Council? Join our alumni group on MDC Connect!

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