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Entrepreneur Application - H/S/W/C

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I'm interesting in applying to Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, and Columbia. I want to develop my strategy and marketing skills so that I can use them in a C-Suite setting.

- White (Canadian)
- Male

- Graduated with business degree from a top Canadian undergraduate business school (Queen's/Western/McGill)
- GPA: 3.75 (received a departmental prize for graduating as at the top of concentration, received leadership awards, won several national competitions)
- GMAT: 750

- Summer Investment Banking Analyst at Bulge Bracket in London, UK

- Full-time Investment Banking Analyst at Elite/Well-Known Boutique in Manhattan (fired after 1 year - I was running my apparel company (described below) at the same time as it was my passion/what I was in love with. My senior's found out and axed me. I ended up full-time doing the apparel company afterwards. I have good reviews from the IBD teams I worked with, not sure extent I need to disclose). I also received an offer for a $10bn+ hedge fund to join as an investment associate which was lost when I left my investment bank

- Founder/Chief Operating Officer of an Apparel company that received significant media attention and has earned ~$5m in revenues and has clothing in over 70 stores across Canada. Received several financing offers but turned them down. The company has a significant "philanthropy" twist and has raised a lot of $$ and gotten direct results for environmental causes. Stayed for 1 year, starting immediately out of undergrad and overlapping with my IBD stint.

- Founder/Chief Executive Officer of a Nutraceutical company that received significant media attention an has earned ~$4m in revenues and has over 25,000 customers. We have a strong philanthropy twist and have significantly helped combat child malnutrition through a partner non-profit organization. I've been here for ~2 years. I created it and left the Apparel company because I decided I wanted my own company to look over instead of being 1 of 4 founding members

- Tons of random crap during university (research assistant, teaching assistant, wealth management internships, F100 Corp Finance internships, etc.)

Post graduation
- Raised over $40,000 and founded a non-profit for underprivileged minorities to educate them on how to put together job applications, interview, etc. [2yrs]
- Founded a non-profit mentoring/teaching students interested in finance/consulting across Canada, with ~200 members and ~50 mentors at professional firms [4yrs]
- Founded an education company tutoring junior and senior students for half a dozen finance/strategy courses and for IBD interviews. Made a bit over $100k

- Founder and President of a large school club [1 year]
- Founder and Vice-President of a large school club [1 year]
- Founder and Vice-President of a large school club [1 year]
- Literally tons of other random crap

Will be able to get strong reqs from CEOs of publically listed $500MM+ companies who I have worked closely with

My main concern is my blemish at my investment bank. Frankly, I was in love with being an entrepreneur and always chased that (as you can see from my track record of founding clubs and a tutoring business and etc. while younger). I guess it caught up to me as a banker! Definitely a cool story in my opinion, though.

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New post 16 Oct 2012, 09:56
Have no fear my friend. With your amazing credentials, serial entrepreneurship and real leadership, you are definitely top school materiel. You have seriously an amazingly strong profile that puts in competition at H/S/W and company :)

Sooooo since we don't need to spend tons of space on praise at how great your profile looks ;), let's deal with your one "blemish". You may wonder why I put this in quotation marks, and the answer is simple - because you should take your so-called "blemish" and transform it into an ADVANTAGE - meaning, come clean about getting the axe, and even WHY you got the axe...tell them how you really went after your REAL great passion, and not only that, but you succeeded! You may have gotten the axe, but you did very well at the end. If along the way you can show very diplomatically that you didnt get the axe because of performance issues but because of political ones (meaning you were doing super good, but they just didn't like the FACT of you moonlighting) then that would be icing on the cake... but even that is not necessary, just an extra bonus).

Soooo ,looks great! I hope this advice helps you and wish you all the best with your applications.
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