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Project Description


Faculty member: Sean Wise
Type: Learning Objects

For many years, educators have had to leverage American content to provide role models for Canadian entrepreneurship students. Most use video content from the documentary series American Entrepreneurs. Unfortunately, this was wholly unsatisfactory as the content lacked a Canadian context and did not reflect the diversity of our students.

In 2012, Ryerson’s Entrepreneurship department in collaboration with Ryerson’s RTA School of Media, using only student labour, aimed to change this. To that end, we shot 692 minutes of interviews. Each interview featured an icon of Canadian entrepreneurship sharing the “naked truth” behind their success. Samples of these interviews can be seen at the Naked Entrepreneur homepage. This material has been integrated into several courses at Ryerson (e.g. Entrepreneurial Thinking & Strategy; Opportunity Evaluation; and Introduction to Digital Entrepreneurship) and other institutions. These materials are made freely available through a creative commons license.

Author Biography


Dr. Sean Wise BA LLB MBA PhD is an expert on startups & venture capital. He uses this expertise in his various roles as: tenured Ryerson University Professor, bestselling author, international business speaker, and partner at Ryerson Futures, a seed stage venture capital fund and technology accelerator.

Dr. Wise studied economics and engineering at Carleton University. He earned his MBA and Law degrees from the University of Ottawa and received his PhD in Business from the Adam Smith Business School at the University of Glasgow.

Dr. Wise has published five books and more than two dozen peer-reviewed research papers and case studies of high-growth startups. Dr. Wise spent five seasons as an advisor for CBC on the mega hit venture reality show Dragons’ Den (aka Shark Tank) before moving in front of the camera as the host of the Naked Entrepreneur, which airs on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

Recently Dr. Wise was called the Dr. Phil of Entrepreneurship and in 2014, he was named Mentor of the Year by Startup Canada.

Sean Wise portrait

© 2015 Sean Wise, Ryerson University. Naked Entrepreneur aka Canadian Entrepreneurial Icons Series, Season 4 & 5 is made available for public use under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-ND) license.

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