Dr. Sean Wise

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Dr. Sean Wise is a best-selling author, venture capitalist and founder of more than half a dozen new ventures. He has spent two decades in the venture capital industry, specializing in supporting high growth ventures at the seed stage.

Dr. Wise is currently a partner at the seed fund, Ryerson Futures. Through that fund, he has supported more than 23 startups, investing in 13. He helped found Ernst & Young’s Venture Capital Advisory Group in Canada and the startups he has supported have raised more than $2.1 billion after training with him.

Dr. Wise started his first startup at age 13, and by 30, he had started and launched 5 new ventures. At 31, he took his first company public. At 40, he was nominated for the Top 40 under 40™ and in 2014, he was named national startup Mentor of the Year.

Dr. Wise helped launch Dragons’ Den, the hit reality show, now in 27 countries, and known as Shark Tank in the USA. After 5 seasons with the show, he moved in front of the camera with his own show on the Oprah Winfrey Network, called The Naked Entrepreneur. He publishes extensively on entrepreneurship. His work has appeared on or in: CNN Financial, The New York Times, Profit Magazine, Fox News and the Globe and Mail. Dr. Wise has written 5 books, including 1 textbook, and published dozens of articles on entrepreneurship and venture capital.

Dr. Wise is a tenured Professor of Entrepreneurship at Ryerson University. He holds both a law degree and an MBA from the University of Ottawa and a PhD in Business from the prestigious Adam Smith School of Business at the University of Glasgow.

He can be reached at sean@100steps2startup.com.

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