Mr. FinTech Startup

About Me:

Technology driven individual with exposure to retail banking across the African continent. Technology consultant with 9 years worth of experience. 2 startups under my belt with the post MBA goal of starting up own fintech.


Target School: Cornell Johnson

Considering: IESE

Waitlisted: IESE

See More Profiles For: Cornell Johnson

Application Status: Accepted


Undergrad School: South African University

Undergrad Major: Information Technology

GPA: 3.4

GMAT: 570

Age: 32,  Ethnicity: Black or African American

Other Degree/Certification: Master’s

School Name: University of Pretoria

Extracurriculars: Rural Development Charity Founder, High-school student tutor

Work History:

Title: Product Owner

Industry: Banking & Finance

Company: Global

Length of Employment: 2 yrs

Title: Founder

Industry: Consulting

Company: Start-Up

Length of Employment: 2 yrs

Big Life Wins:

Led the development of a retail digital bank to be launched in the African market.

Post MBA Goal:

I want to develop a fintech startup that allows customers to create their own communal banking services and products.


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The Experts Rate The Odds At: 45%

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  • John A. Byrne, P&Q Founder & Editor-In-Chief | Odds Assessment: 40%

    Waitlisted at two schools: Cornell and IESE. You know what is giving those schools some pause–your low GMAT score of 570. That score would have completely torpedoed you if not for the fact that you are from South Africa where the average GMAT score is 505. Schools do look at scores in the context of those country averages and more business schools are eager to enroll students from Africa given the continent’s huge economic potential in years to come. The fact that you have done two startups and led the development of a retail digital bank for the African market make me think that at least one if not both Cornell and IESE will ultimately pull you off the waitlist with an admit.

    4 years ago
  • mbaMission Odds Assessment: 50%

    Hello there Mr. Fintech Startup! Krista Nannery from mbaMission here. Thanks for posting.
    I think Cornell and IESE are just waiting for a reason to accept you. Candidates like you don’t come along all that often. Please make sure you network your way through the waitlist process and provide updates on your candidacy (and networking). Then, I’d encourage you to either try the GMAT again or switch to the GRE. At this stage, b-schools want to know that you have at least TRIED. It signals that you are a mature, self-aware individual. I know it stinks — no one wants to take an exam again — but if you want to progress off those waitlists, that would be my recommendation. Also, you may want to …

    4 years ago Read the full review

The Community Currently Rates The Odds At: 29%

  • 50% | 4 years ago

    You got it.
  • 20% | 4 years ago

    Your entrepreneurial background in consulting and tech is very impressive, and your goals are admirable. Your GMAT is the only issue I currently foresee, which should hopefully be improved significantly with some serious studying.
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