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Budding Impact Investor / VC - Are these the right schools?

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Joined: 30 Nov 2010
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Location: United States
Concentration: Social Entrepreneurship, Strategy
GMAT 1: 710 Q47 V40
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Budding Impact Investor / VC - Are these the right schools? [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2011, 10:05
Hi there - I've listed my profile below but what I'd specifically like is your insights into the following:

Am I competitive at these schools? Any other schools I should target instead of the ones here?
This is my story and can't really change it but is it compelling? Any other aspects of my background / experience worth emphasizing?

Any thoughts / guidance would be valuable. Thanks in advance!!!

Profile

Full-time work experience
61 months of WE at matriculation. Managing a strategic initiatives team within the Risk function of a large international bank. Promoted to VP within 2 years. Youngest VP across all of the Risk function. Build a Technology Risk program for the bank from scratch. Liaised with regulators and senior leadership on a regular basis. Worked in consulting for a year before that.

Community Leadership Experience
Board member for the past 3 years at a Chicago area non-profit focused on assisting refugees with their careers. Responsible for raising funds, event planning and volunteer engagement

Formerly VP of Marketing for a Professional organization for Technology Risk practitioners. Ran marketing campaigns and put together speaker events (operated very much like a b-school professional club)

Other interesting things about me
Third culture kid: Indian born & raised in Dubai and moved to the US for school
Lost 70 pounds in 6 months while at Purdue after being obese all my life (in a community where childhood obesity was very rare)
Performed at the House of Blues in Chicago

GMAT 710 (Q47 V40) AWA 5.5

College
Undergraduate: Purdue University, Double Major - Mathematics & Computer Science (Minor in Psychology)
GPA: 3.09 (I'm worried about this - but there is an upward trend)
Semester Honors in 3 out of my last 4 semesters

Graudate:Purdue University, MS in Information Security, GPA: 3.55
Worked as an academic researcher for 1 year after completion of coursework
Certfications: CISM (Certified Information Security Manager)

Post-MBA goal
My work as a board member at the non-profit gave me some insight into needs in adult education. I want to use this insight and my management and tech background to become an impact investor / venture capitalist focused on technology businesses that make education more accessible and affordable. I see business school followed by corporate M&A / strategy experience in such businesses as a stepping stone to becoming a successful investor


Target Schools
I'm looking specifically at schools with the following: (1) strucutured vc / entrepreneurship programs that will give me hands on deal valuation or early stage startup experience while at school; (2) strong ties to the VC/PE / Entrepreneur community; (3) an energetic cohort and lots of school pride - which turns into a passionate alumni network later on

Here are the schools I'm applying to so far:
R1:
Texas (McCombs)
Duke (Fuqua)

R2:
Michigan (Ross)
Northwestern (Kellogg)
Stanford / HBS - haven't decided yet
Berkeley (Haas) / UCLA - haven't decided yet
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Re: Budding Impact Investor / VC - Are these the right schools? [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2011, 09:28
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Hi babum10,

You have a very interesting background and I believe you could create a very attractive application. First, regarding your choice of schools:

If you are interested in VC/PE, I recommend you look at MBA programs in Northern California (first and foremost), New York, and Boston. The majority of VC activity still occurs in Northern California, although New York is growing (and has a very large PE market). Texas and Duke are excellent institutions, but in terms of their location, they may not be ideal (particularly for the VC industry). It doesn't look like you were considering schools in New York at all, and I believe Berkeley Haas would provide more opportunities in the industries you are looking at than Ross.

A large part of your application will depend on how you present your personal brand. With some schools in particular (HBS, etc.), you will need to emphasize your leadership experience (Ex. managing others at work, etc.). Leadership experience and potential is going to be a critical component to your application.

With regards to your GPA, here is a case study of one candidate who was accepted into Columbia and Chicago with a sub 3.0 GPA:

http://www.stacyblackman.com/comprehens ... ies/case5/

Hope this was of help.

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Conrad and the Stacy Blackman Team
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Joined: 30 Nov 2010
Posts: 12
Location: United States
Concentration: Social Entrepreneurship, Strategy
GMAT 1: 710 Q47 V40
GPA: 3.09
WE: Other (Commercial Banking)
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Kudos [?]: 5 [0], given: 0

Re: Budding Impact Investor / VC - Are these the right schools? [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2011, 11:50
Fantastic insight - Thanks Conrad!
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