Sean Wise

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Professor Ted Rogers School of Management Ted Rogers School of Business Management Toronto, Ontario sean.wise@ryerson.ca Office: (416) 979-5000 ext. 552254

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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 DMZ Investments, a seed stage venture capital fund and technology accelerator.

Dr. Wise has m...


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Bio/Research

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 DMZ Investments, a seed stage venture capital fund and technology accelerator.

Dr. Wise has mentored hundreds of technology focused startups, collectively these companies have raised more than $2.1 Billion in capital. 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 has been an entrepreneur himself since the age of 13. He has founded five startups to date, with his most recent selling for millions in July, 2018.

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.

In 2018, Dr. Wise became a featured weekly columnist for Inc.com. Since that time he has written more than 100 articles that have been read by more than 500,000 people. Dr. Wise is the Executive Director (and founder) of Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson)’s Startup School, which over 5 years has delivered more than 60 free seminars, keynotes and working sessions for entrepreneurs in Toronto.

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


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