Sean Wise

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Sean Wise
Sean Wise - How To Be a Business Superhero

Sean Wise (born September 23, 1970) is a Canadian expert on startups & venture capital. He uses this expertise in his various roles as mentor capitalist (mentor to young firms), international business speaker, business columnist for The Globe and Mail, partner at Ryerson Futures Inc, and as a consultant for CBC on the venture reality show Dragons' Den.[1] In addition, he is the host of his own blog/podcast/vodcast [1] which focuses on current technology and venture trends. He was formerly a director at Ernst and Young where he helped found their Canadian "Venture Capital Advisory Group".

Sean Wise is a graduate of Carleton University where he studied Aerospace Engineering and Economics. Sean also holds an MBA from University of Ottawa, is a lawyer, a member of the Upper Canada Law Society, an ambassador for the Toronto Stock Exchange, chair of the Canadian Venture Forum (selection committee), and chairs the boards of directors of several venture capital backed and publicly traded companies in Canada. Sean completed his PhD in Business from the Adam Smith Business School at the University of Glasgow.

Sean Wise was published in the Spring 2008 issue of the The The Journal of Private Equity. While this was his first academic article, he has produced several other publications therein and also has three books as well. The first "Wise Words: Lessons in Entrepreneurship & Venture Capital" was self-published in 2007. His second, "How to be a Business Superhero" was published in September, 2008 by Penguin and more recently “Hot or Not: How to Know If Your Business Idea Will Fly or Fail” was published in 2011, based on more than 20,000 hours of pitches; the book was published as a response to the lack of Canadian textbook availability on opportunity evaluation in business.

Sean Wise is currently a professor of entrepreneurship and innovation for the Ryerson University Entrepreneurship Program. He continues to produce Canadian entrepreneurship content as the creator and host of The Naked Entrepreneur TV. A web based series devoted to Entrepreneurship and filmed at Ryerson University, in collaboration between the Business and the Radio & Television school. The series unearths the entrepreneurial stories and struggles of those involved in the process and interviews several renowned Canadian entrepreneurs including Debbie Travis, W. Brett Wilson and Jon Sleeman. The series has filmed 3 seasons and made its tv broadcast premiere on Rogers TV Toronto on October 28.[2] The Naked Entrepreneur is set to launch on the Oprah Winfrey Network - OWN in January 2015. Sean Wise is also a partner at Ryerson Futures, a “Founders First” Accelerator program, partnered and working with the Ryerson Digital Media Zone incubator. He also sits as an Advisor for the Digital Media Zone and does pitch sessions and workshops for the more than 125 companies currently incubated in the space.

In April 2014, Sean Wise was recognized as Central Canada’s Mentor of the Year, and went on to win the National Mentor of the Year Award[3] with the Inaugural Startup Canada Awards. “These Awards celebrate the people and organizations dedicated to building a strong ecosystem in support of high-impact and high-growth businesses in Canada” Dr. Sorin Cohn, the Chair of the Adjudication Committee.[4]

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