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Candidate:

Mr. African Entrepreneur

About Me:

African computer engineering major with 3.5 years prior Investment Banking experience, worked for a leading Africa-focused IB firm. Now combining tech and finance experience working for a fintech startup creating the ‘Bloomberg terminal for Africa’ as well as the first-in-market digital investment app to boost financial inclusion across Africa.

Details:

Undergrad School: Top University in Africa

Undergrad Major: Computer Engineering

GPA: 2.6

GRE: 317

Age: 27,  Ethnicity: Black or African American

Extracurriculars: Tutorship/training of young professionals from non-finance backgrounds to pursue careers in Financial Markets, Volunteer in selection and mentorship of tech and finance student talent from various African countries for prestigious summer internships at top IB firms both globally and in Africa, Health literacy volunteer - fundraising and organization and running health screening events for underprivileged communities; develops infographics to spread healthcare tips via social media

Work History:

Title: Investment Banking Analyst

Industry: Banking & Finance

Company: Boutique Firm

Length of Employment: 3 yrs, 4 mos

Title: Chief Product Officer

Industry: Technology

Company: Start-Up

Length of Employment: 2 yrs

Big Life Wins:

Started career in the IT dept at IB firm, within 7 months became first ever to transition from IT to IB analyst role. Worked on two major IPO and was a lead analyst on the largest IPO in my country’s history (Client was one of Africa’s largest brands). Worked on a team to establish the world’s first mobile-based stock offering.

Post MBA Goal:

Pursue fintech entrepreneurship in Africa. Launch an innovation-driven digital bank aimed at providing access to financial services and boosting financial inclusion for the African population.

Schools:

Target School: Stanford GSB

Status: Open

Considering: Harvard, USC Marshall, Yale, Berkeley Haas, Columbia

Odds:

The Experts Rate The Odds At: 25%

  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 25%

    Hello Mr. African Entrepreneur! Krista Nannery from mbaMission here. Thanks for posting.
    You, my friend, are a bit of a unicorn. African investment bankers don’t come along that often. This will help you stand out and be really memorable in this process. But…we’ve got that 2.6 to work with. And a slightly lower GRE. (Not bad though. I kinda like to see 320 minimum.) So my first suggestion — which I know is never anyone’s favorite option — is to retake the GRE. Perhaps consider working with a private tutor on your weaknesses to max your ROI. And then because we have that risky 2.6 here, my suggestion would be a broad portfolio strategy. I love that you have USC on your list. This is what …

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 15%

    Hi Mr. African Entrepreneur, Melisa here from Stratus Admissions. While start up and IB experiences are common at your choice schools, your experience in Africa will be a welcomed addition to any business school community. Your finance and technical backgrounds set you up nicely with a set of experiences and tools heading into an MBA and Fintech. Fintech to help serve the un-banked and increase financial inclusion are growing in interest around the world. Your extra-curricular involvement help you also stand a part. Stanford will want to see that you have been a leader professionally as well as within the community – so make sure you pull out stories through your community experiences that show your leadership. You will need to show Stanford that you …

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  • The MBA Exchange | Odds Assessment: 35%

    Hi, this is JP Odunlami, I’m a Senior Consultant at The MBA Exchange. It’s great to see your post as your story is familiar and it’s great to see applicants from the Continent. While my own MBA is from Harvard, having successfully helped many Stanford applicants over the years (including from Africa), I can say with certainty that there is a clear path to maximizing your chances there. You already have most of the tools needed to get into a top program! But the implementation is key, and knowing the proven strategies that will show the AdComs that you’re a serious contender. Send me an email at jpo@mbaexchange.com asap so that we can discuss this in greater detail.

    2 months ago

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