I spent 5 years as a Managing Director with Ernst & Young's Venture Capital Group, 5 years at New York based private equity firm Spencer Trask and the last five years at Ryerson University teaching entrepreneurship. In over 15 years of seed investing, including 5 seasons of Dragons' Den, I've seen more than 20,000 pitches and helped fund more than a billion dollars in startups. I have three books on the topic of venture capital, entrepreneurship and pitching ideas.
According to the December issue of Canadian Business magazine,I am one of Canada¹s leading experts on raising Venture Capital and mentoring startups. In 2014, I was named Mentor of the Year by Startup Canada.
Here is how others describe me:
Dr. Sean Wise 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 15 years of seed funding experience, Wise has helped found five 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. Dr. Wise held this post for the first five seasons of the show. Wise's third book, HOT OR NOT: how to know if your business idea will fail or fly! was released in 2012 and sold 30,000 copies in the first six months.
A professor of entrepreneurship at the Ted Rogers School of Business at Ryerson, Wise majored in engineering and economics at Carleton University; earned a law degree and MBA from the University of Ottawa and recently completed his PhD in Business from the Adam Smith Business School at the University of Glasgow.