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Wise, Sean


Assistant Professor


BA, Carleton University, Economics

LLB, University of Ottawa, Corporate Law

MBA, University of Ottawa, Corporate Finance

Ph.D., University of Glasgow, Corporate Knowledge Networks 


2008, Entrepreneurial Evangelist, Department of Foreign Affairs & International Trade, Government of Canada

2007, Chair, Canadian Innovation Forum

2006, Chair, Canadian Venture Forum

2003-2005, Selection Committee Chair, Canadian Venture Forum


TRS 2-076



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Dr. Sean Wise BA LLB MBA PhD specializes in helping emerging and high growth potential organizations jump on the trajectory and turn a profit. His intense, entertaining and direct approach has earned him a loyal following of disciples who swear by his lessons and best practices for business success. With 10 years of venture capital and more than 15 years of entrepreneurial services to his credit, Wise has helped found six business ventures of his own to date, the first at age 16. When seeking the best in business, CBC recruited him as online host and industry advisor for their hit show, Dragons' Den.

Wise is also a popular writer.  First with his Globe and Mail column and book of the same name: Wise Words: Lessons in Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital. Then with his nextbook, How to be a Business Superhero, Wise took audiences on a guided tour through the world of superheroes and their lessons, directly relating them to essential business strategies we all need to master in order to succeed in today's workplace. Wise's third book, HOT OR NOT: how to know if your business idea will fail or fly! was released in 2012 selling 30,000 copies in 90 days.

A professor of entrepreneurship at the Ted Rogers School of Business at Ryerson, Wise majored in engineering and economics at Carleton University and earned a law degree and MBA from the University of Ottawa. In 2012, he received his Ph.D. from the Adam Smith Business School at the University of Glasgow.

Research Interests:

New venture strategy, Technology-Based New Venture Strategy, Venture Capital, Collaborative Online Information Networks, Wisdom of Crowds, Predicative Markets

Current Courses:

ENT 526 Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Strategy

ENT 601 Identifying Opportunities

ENT 78 Entrepreneurial Organizational Appraisal