Hi everyone - my name is Prashant. I’m currently 24 working in corporate development (M&A, JVs, strategic partnerships) with prior lower middle market investment banking experience ($10-$100M EV) and would love to launch a search when I’m 27 or 28. Currently, I’m focused on building a network, ascertaining if the search path is right for me, and thinking about what type of business and lifestyle I’d want to have in my 30s.

I have many questions, but the biggest one that has been running through my mind is if the MBA is essential for the search. I keep weighing the cost of forgone income and the actual weight the MBA brings.

What does this group think? Is there anyone on this platform that has embarked on a search or successfully completed their search without an MBA?