Shantanu Sharma

Founder, Admissions Consultant

MBA and Beyond

Berlin

Germany

Net Promoter Score: 9

Consultant Bio

Shantanu, the founder of MBA and Beyond, is an INSEAD MBA graduate, an entrepreneur and a fintech enthusiast. With more than 8 years of experience spanning across entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship, Shantanu has worked across the globe as a Procurement Manager, Product Manager (Marketing, Operations, Payments and Risk/ Fraud), Growth Consultant, eventually unraveling his love for helping candidates with their MBA application as a Coach. Shantanu started coaching applicants right after he graduated from INSEAD in 2017. He coaches you to become a top-notch MBA applicant for your dream B-School.

Shantanu believes that MBA is a business in itself, you put in the investment and hope to get a good return but while writing an application, do you showcase that you are aware of it? Shantanu digs deep into your skills, knowledge and experiences, and helps you with dimensions such as Self Awareness, Market (Applicant) landscape and Strategy, making your application (Essays, LORs, Resume) unique and differentiating your application from thousands of DINGS.

Company Information

At MBA and Beyond, we stand by you strategically throughout your MBA application journey, providing unwavering support from initial planning to the completion of your interview and beyond. Our dedicated team is a powerhouse of coaches deeply passionate about the art of storytelling.

We take pleasure in guiding you through the complexities of presenting a narrative that seamlessly combines your skills, knowledge, and experiences. What distinguishes us is our unique consulting process. With our unique Content Gathering framework, we invest substantial time diving deep into every aspect of your aspirations, strengths, weaknesses, achievements, setbacks, extracurriculars, and more, ensuring a thorough exploration until we extract every relevant detail. Once this exhaustive phase concludes, we begin shaping your higher-level storyline, theme, and direction, establishing a unique Branding for all your applications. This process is 10 times deeper than any other consultant’s and is designed to ensure that your applications are 100% unique.

Furthermore, our team comprises dynamic consultants, each a distinguished alum of top business schools. Having gone through the MBA journey themselves and helping hundreds of applicants become successful, they possess firsthand knowledge of top business schools and are dedicated to your success. Our Applicants consistently commend us for our prowess in storytelling, swift turnaround times, and unmatched availability. Your success is our narrative, and we’re here to craft it with you every step of the way.

Menu of Services and Associated Costs

1 School   – 5400 USD
2 Schools – 7250 USD
3 Schools – 8850 USD
4 Schools – 10050 USD
5 Schools – 10850 USD
6 Schools – 11600 USD
7 Schools – 12350 USD

Location: Berlin Germany

Phone: ?+1-845-5934442

Email: shantanu@mbaandbeyond.com

Website: https://www.mbaandbeyond.com/

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P&Q Consultant Reviews

  • Highly Recommended
    2 years ago
    Shantanu acted as a friend and mentor throughout the process. One can count on him to find and highlight the best stories to make a stellar application. The application journey was a rollercoaster ride, where there were moments of self-doubt, but Shantanu helped practically tackle those concerns. I highly appreciate him taking out time even in his busiest schedule to address any challenges on which his applicant needed immediate attention. The content-gathering part of the consulting process is also beautifully designed and is a great way to introspect and put an informed foot forward in the applications.
    Class of 2024 Admit
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  • Dependable & Highly Recommend
    2 years ago
    The MBA application process was daunting to me coming from an over-represented applicant pool. Shantanu has worked as a partner in this journey. The MBA and Beyond team understood my profile extremely well, believed in me, and helped me showcase my best. They explain every aspect of the application process which helped me prepare myself for the effort I have to put in. For me, the best part is their wonderfully structured approach to bringing forward your true personality and attributes that you sometimes overlook or take for granted. Working with Shantanu helps you raise your bar higher as he makes you work multiple times if he thinks there is a chance of improvement. This definitely helped me put my best foot forward. ...
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  • A Life-Changing Experience
    2 years ago
    I wanted to do an MBA for a long time. I started preparing for the GMAT but because of having a hectic job, I was not able to devote too much time to studying. Ultimately after a number of mocks and preparations, I got 640 on my GMAT. I was not super happy with my score but I was not sad either. I knew it was an average score so I worked hard on selecting appropriate colleges and an appropriate consultant. I searched on google I spoke with a number of consultants. But the one with which I quickly connected was MBA and Beyond. In our first conversation only I got the feeling that they are ready to help me despite getting an average score ...
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    Viren Goel
    MBA Class of 2022 Admit
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  • 4 Admits With GMAT Waiver (With Scholarships)
    2 years ago
    I am someone who comes from a non-traditional business background and I did not have any idea about the admission process for US schools. My biggest concern was that I was applying to Top US B-schools with a GMAT waiver. When I tried to reach out to MBA admissions consultants, I was rejected by them as I did not have a GMAT score. But I am glad I found MBA and Beyond in time for getting the guidance and support I needed for my journey. The most important thing for any consultant is to first believe in the applicant’s story and work together. A few things which set them apart from other consultants in this industry are, that they work with applicants regardless of the ...
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  • Not Just A Consultant, But A Mentor & Friend you Wish You Knew Earlier
    2 years ago
    Before working with Shantanu, I had already worked with another consultant and my experience had been so awful that I almost lost faith in this industry. Soon after, I realized that the application process requires insights and a keen understanding of what adcoms are looking for. This budged me to take another leap and I began my research to work with another consultant. But this time I wanted to be more careful and within 3 days I had spoken to as many as 20+ consultants. But Shantanu was the only one who used technicalities and not rhetorics and this brevity and structured thinking drew me to MBA & Beyond. Since then, my relationship with him has been more than just a client, he has been ...
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    Rajeev Arora
    MBA Class of 2024 Admit
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  • Transformation Journey With MBA & Beyond
    2 years ago
    I thoroughly enjoyed my experience working with the team at MBA & Beyond. Coming from a competitive category of Indian Male Engineers with a GMAT score of 720, most admission consultants told me I did not stand a chance of getting into LBS. Even though Shantanu encouraged me to retake the GMAT, he focused on my overall profile and helped me put together a holistic application. Throughout the process I had numerous occasions of self-doubt and the frequent conversations I had with the team, reinstalled the confidence in me to keep me going. Shantanu was very humble and approachable and talking to him feels like talking to a friend who really wants you to succeed. I am really happy with the outcome of the process ...
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  • A 360 Degree Advisor & Mentor
    2 years ago
    The best thing about Shantanu is that he is available when you need him. He takes a structured deep dive into your story, to bring out the highlights - your strengths, achievements, significant events, weaknesses, failures and goals - and helps you weave them into a coherent story. I went into the application process with a very limited idea about how to tell my story. It's difficult for one to judge whether one achievement/failure is more impactful than the other? Which strengths/weaknesses should I highlight? How to sew everything into a story? What are the different schools looking for? Which schools should I pick? How to balance my weak areas in the application? This is where Shantanu adds tremendous value. He helps you develop a potent toolkit ...
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  • Great Experience, Shantanu Is An Amazing Advisor
    2 years ago
    When I started my application journey, I thought I could do it on my own using all the material available online but I quickly realized that I needed help. A lot of it. From the very first session, Shantanu did his absolute best in trying to bring out the best in me. From his detailed approach in creating a story to tweaking my Letter of Motivation in a way that will highlight what makes me unique. Our sessions really helped me discover my own strengths and how to sell them. The "content gathering" process will be helpful for me for a long time. Shantanu really creates a cordial environment during his sessions and yet manages to push you to find more out of yourself. I couldn't have ...
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    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • Remarkable Experience With A Great Thought Partner
    2 years ago
    When I started contemplating my MBA plan, I soon realized that the application journey was a long marathon and I would need support from an experienced runner. Thus, started my hunt for the best consultant who could guide me in the process. I had the following criteria in mind: 1. Admission consultant who has graduated from a top B school and has been through the application journey. 2. Admission consultant recommended by candidates who successfully made it to my dream schools (LBS, INSEAD). 3. Admission consultant following a structured and well thought-out process. Shantanu and the team fulfilled all the criteria above and beyond (true to their name!). That's how my application journey started with Shantanu and the team at MBA and Beyond. Right from the first introductory ...
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  • Shantanu, A Perfect Mentor & Friend.
    2 years ago
    When I was looking out for MBA consultants, the most important consideration for me was that my consultant should provide me with the necessary time and attention throughout my application journey. From personal experience, I know that one may feel lonely and de-motivated during the process. You need a mentor and a friend who can guide you. For me that person was Shantanu. I had signed up for MBA & Beyond roughly 5 months before the deadlines. Having sufficient time at my disposal helped me follow the structured process of “content gathering” and unravel some of my best stories personally and professionally. According to me, it is the most important step of the application journey and MBA & B’s unique value proposition. Shantanu used to ...
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  • A One Of A Kind Experience!
    2 years ago
    My experience with MBA and Beyond has been amazing. It was a pleasure to interact and work with each member of the team. After having spoken to more than 10 consultants, the primary reason to choose MBA and Beyond was that they were offering unlimited sessions with the consultant. And they definitely stayed true to the promise. We used to have a call at least twice a week, sometimes more. Everyone in the team is friendly, approachable, open, and of course meticulous. My consultant, Shantanu, worked with me tirelessly till we both were happy with the application. He was very candid and realistic while setting my expectations on the schools. Coming from an overrepresented pool of Indian male engineers and having a sub 700 GMAT score, I ...
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    Sanath Kashyap
    MBA Class of 2023 Admit
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  • Fantastic Experience. Shantanu Is A Guiding Light!
    2 years ago
    I had the best time working with Shantanu and the MBA & Beyond team. I come from a demographic that is overrepresented, and I was looking for someone who could help me stand out. Shantanu and his team have done an outstanding job of assisting me throughout the process. Shantanu is a very positive person to be around. Throughout this arduous application process, he was constantly motivating and pushing me to do my best. MBA and Beyond has a very structured process for understanding my profile and how to best project my strengths. We used to have a call every other day and have a detailed timeline in place for each application. His insights and suggestions had improved my overall application tremendously. I cannot recommend ...
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    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Always Available To Help! Super Experienced!
    3 years ago
    Shantanu was a great support throughout the arduous MBA application process. His friendly approachable demeanor is only eclipsed by his meticulous approach to crafting a story. I'm very sure that if it wasn't for his support, I would almost definitely sell myself short. In an otherwise impersonal, process-driven industry, I admired how Shantanu didn't limit his time with me and always made himself available. He's also someone who's recently been there/done that with his INSEAD journey so his ability to relate and create a safe space for his clients was truly very pleasant. I wouldn't have made it to ISB without him and I highly recommend his expertise for people looking to navigate the maze that is an MBA application.
    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Amazing MBA journey with Shantanu!!!
    3 years ago
    Already having failed to secure even an interview last year from Darden , my expectations were already rock bottom this year. I had half a mind not to reapply as I hadn’t improved any aspect of my MBA-application (apart from GMAT score).Last year, I tried writing my most significant and impactful stories and incidentally they were not good enough for top B-school like Darden. I figured that something needed to change this time and chose to work with MBA and B ( due to a glowing recommendation from a friend) to put my best application forward. Shantanu has developed a unique methodology to take you through the guided journey of MBA application process starting from “Self-Discovery” to “finalizing stories” and writing an exceptional ...
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    Paresh Agarwal
    MBA Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Great Experience!!!
    3 years ago
    Shantanu helped me get into my dream B School and I couldn't have done it without him. I talked to multiple consultants and Shantanu's education background (An INSEAD alumni himself), genuine and analytical approach toward application process stood out. Shantanu grills you throughout the journey , helping you put your best in the application. I strongly recommend him for B school applications .
    Class of 2023 Admit
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