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Sean Wise

Sean Wise
Dr. Sean Wise

Associate Professor,
Entrepreneurship & Strategy

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 next book, How to be a Business Superhero, in which Wise took audiences on a guided tour through the world of superheroes, directly relating them to essential business strategies we all need to master in order to succeed in today's workplace. Wise's latest 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 Management at Ryerson University, 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 PhD from the Adam Smith Business School at the University of Glasgow.


  • BA, Carleton University
  • Economics LLB, University of Ottawa
  • Corporate Law MBA, University of Ottawa
  • Corporate Finance Ph.D., University of Glasgow, Business

Research Interests

Technology-Based New Venture Strategy, Venture Capital, Collaborative Online Information Networks, Wisdom of Crowds, Social Network Analysis, Superheroes