Sean Wise

Ryerson Futures, Advisor

Sean helps emerging and high-growth-potential organizations jump on the trajectory and turn a profit. He has been involved in venture capital and entrepreneurship professionally for 19 years: first, as a Director of the Venture Capital Advisory Group at Ernst & Young; next, as a partner in Spenser Trask’s seed program; and most recently spending five seasons with CBC’s Dragon’s Den.

Sean was also a popular writer with his Globe and Mail column and book of the same name: Wise Words: Lessons in Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital and a second book, How to be a Business Superhero. He co-authored his most recent book, Startup Opportunities, with renowned investor Brad Feld, released in 2015 and again in 2017 as part of Wiley’s Startup Revolution series.

Dr. Wise is a tenured professor of entrepreneurship at the Ted Rogers School of Business at Ryerson. He majored in engineering and economics at Carleton University and earned his law degree and MBA from the University of Ottawa. In 2013, Sean received his PhD in Business from the Adam Smith Business School at the University of Glasgow.

In 2014, Sean was named Mentor of the Year by Startup Canada and, in 2017, he was appointed National Startup Fellow for startup communities and the Coller Visiting Scholar for Venture (at Tel Aviv University).