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780 - 3.5 Years - Startup/Retail

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Joined: 06 Feb 2014
Posts: 5
Location: India
Concentration: Entrepreneurship, Marketing
Schools: INSEAD Jan '15
GMAT 1: 780 Q51 V47
GPA: 4
WE: Business Development (Other)
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780 - 3.5 Years - Startup/Retail [#permalink] New post 02 Mar 2014, 10:21

I need some help in deciding which schools to apply for. I am targeting 2015 R1. Also, I am inclined to apply in R1 for INSEAD Jan 2015 intake. Is it a bad idea? What are my chances? Will really appreciate some help.

Profile: Indian/Male/Engineer/26

GMAT: Total 780, Q51, V47, AWA 4.5

Work Experience: 3.5 years by December 2014

1.5 Years: Founder of company which operates in the B2B retail space. The company has 5 employees and 20+ clients. Revenues not substantial. (My current job)
2 Years: Team leader in a fortune 10 company in financial industry. Led a team of 6 people. (My previous job)

International Exposure:
Though I have only 2 months of international exposure, the quality of it is pretty decent.
Set up a 12 member team in a Philippines, trained the members and migrated a critical process there. (Previous Job)

Engineering: 6.76/10 (Ranked #5 college in India)
High School: 87% and 83%

Certifications: Both Finance Related (My current role in not related to finance)
-- Professional Risk Manager (PRM)
-- Actuary

My startup is among very few companies in India to partner with a global charity to raise capital for empowerment of women in developing countries.

Better than average extra curricular. Leadership Roles.

Other Activities:
Regularly write for some e-magazines on topics such as entrepreneurship and marketing. Guest speaker at some conferences.

LT/ST Goal
Expand my business to multiple countries.
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Re: 780 - 3.5 Years - Startup/Retail [#permalink] New post 10 Mar 2014, 05:49
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I believe you’re a competitive applicant for INSEAD (Jan 2015 intake) and other top programs. With a great application, you would have a reasonable shot. That said, it will depend in part on details of your work experience. It looks strong based on your info, but would want to see an outstanding track record in your previous job. Also it depends on the specifics of your current venture and how substantial it is. I also note that for European programs, your experience is on the short side, so in the applications be sure to show that you have the maturity, perspective, and thoughtfulness to contribute equally to accomplished classmates with several more years of experience.

As an entrepreneur, also consider explaining how the business will be handled while you in school. Full-time MBA programs will expect you to participate in activities beyond school during your studies, but they don’t expect that you will be able to handle full-time professional demands while attending the program (even if you believe you can do so). If they think you plan to operate your business full-time while in school, it could raise concerns.

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Re: 780 - 3.5 Years - Startup/Retail   [#permalink] 10 Mar 2014, 05:49
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