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Sean Wise

Wise, Sean


Associate Professor






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Sean Wise

Dr. Sean Wise is an expert on startups & venture capital. He uses this expertise in his various roles as: university professor, bestselling author, international business speaker, and partner at Ryerson Futures, a seed stage venture capital fund and technology accelerator. Dr. Wise has published five books and more than two dozen peer-reviewed research papers and case studies of high-growth start ups.  Dr. Wise spent five seasons as a consultant for CBC on the mega hit venture reality show Dragons' Den before moving in front of the camera as the host of the Naked Entrepreneur, which airs on the Oprah Winfrey Network. Dr. Wise has been called the Dr. Phil of Entrepreneurship and in 2014, Dr. Wise was named Entrepreneurial Mentor of the Year by Startup Canada.


Entrepreneurship & Strategy

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Books Authored

HOT or NOT: How to know if your Business Idea will Fly or Fail, Ryerson Entrepreneur Institute, 2011, Wise, Sean , 1 - 245
How to be a Business Superhero: Prepare for Everything, Train with the Best, Make Your Own Destiny at Work, Wiley, 2008, Wise, Sean , 1 - 276
Entrepreneurship. 4th Edition; Canadian Edition, Wiley, January 2015, Bygrave, W.; Zacharakis, A.; Wise, S., 1 - 456
Startup Opportunities: Know When to Quit Your Day Job, FG Press, February 2015, Feld, Brad; Wise, Sean, 1 - 245

Papers in Refereed Journals

Prior Relationships and M&A Exit Valuations: A Set-Theoretic Approach, The Journal of Private Equity, 2008, D Valliere, N Ni, S Wise, 60 - 72
Value co-creation through collective intelligence in the public sector: A review of US and European initiatives, Vine , 2012, S Wise, RA Paton, T Gegenhuber, 251 - 276
Derek Szeto: A Case Study On When To Exit Your Successful Startup, Journal of Business Case Studies, 2014, S Wise, M Crothers, 131 - 136
What Young Entrepreneurs Get from their Mentors, International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching, December 2013, S Wise, D Valliere
The Impact of Financial Literacy on New Venture Survival, International Journal of Business and Management , 2014, S Wise
Can a team have too much cohesion? The dark side to network density , European Management Journal, 2014, S.Wise
What Young Entrepreneurs Get from their Mentors, European Mentoring Coaching Council, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MENTORING AND COACHING, 2013, Wise, Sean; Valliere, Dave

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