Hi all, fairly new to WSO, and I'm aware this sort of question has been asked before, but hope my particulars are helpful to others.
I'm 31, went to an Ivy target school for undergrad, but I took 10 years to graduate because I stopped in the middle to turn my part time hustle into a legitimate tech company. I ran the company for 7 years in NYC, sold it in 2014 (nothing worthy of a news article, but still good), traveled in asia with my now wife for 9 months and returned to school to finish with a new major in sustainable development (interdisciplinary). I went in with a very specific focus on renewables, and after a year in the program I had a new biz concept. I managed to get the concept into a startup incubator at the uni's b-school as well as grant funding to pay for the first phase of R&D, which led me back to Asia. I set up several research programs with universities in Asia to establish proof of concept which will run without my input through 2019-2020.
I'm now back in NYC, and am looking to break into finance in a way that will give me maximum exposure to other businesses/financing methodologies/finance contacts, in order to enable my future entrepreneurial endeavors. MC seems like the best fit but I know I just can't handle the M-Th travel. IB seems like an incredible skill set to develop and the exposure to both sides of the deal really interests me, but I'm such a fringe candidate with my age and non-finance background, especially now that I'd be looking off-cycle...so now I'm looking into HFs...It seems like HFs have less strict recruiting strategies, and as I've lived in NYC most of my life, I think I'd be able to network my way into some interviews, but I just don't have an accurate pulse on my chances. Or even if it's a useful path given my interest in re-entering the startup space down the line.
Given that it is September, I'm married and 31 yrs old, I'm coming from a non-trad background as an entrepreneur & non-finance major, but target undergrad with 3.9 GPA, what would you guys recommend I look into that could be beneficial for a return to the startup space in a few years?
I feel confident that I can do some obsessive catch up studying with a WSO or BIWS course, and network well through my NYC contacts, but I really need to narrow my targets down. If I'm going up against a brick wall given my history and age, let me know. Otherwise, please advise!