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Sean Wise

Professor of Entrepreneurship & Former Dragons' Den Advisor

As a celebrated business speaker and one of North America’s leading mentors with an unmistakable passion for business, Dr. Sean Wise specializes in helping emerging and high growth potential organizations jump on the trajectory and turn a profit. He is a Professor of Entrepreneurship at Ryerson University, an award-winning author, and was a featured consultant on Canada’s popular Dragons’ Den business reality show series.  Sean Wise helps business dreams become profitable realities.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Presentations

Lessons from Canada’s Best Business Leaders
Kevin O’Leary, John Sleeman, Debbie Travis, Alan Lau, Rose Reisman, Harry Rosen: Dr. Sean Wise has hosted them all on his business interview show; The Naked Entrepreneur which airs on the Oprah Winfrey Network. Now he shares the naked truth behind the success of Canada’s greatest entrepreneurs. Big or small, there are lessons for all. Part inspiration. Part education. All entertaining. In this multimedia, interactive, and engaging keynote Wise illustrates the lessons all organizations can learn from these icons of the economy, these entrepreneurial champions, these masters of innovation. Learn the naked truth behind the success of Canada’s greatest entrepreneurs.

Big Data & Your Business
Every day, we create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data — so much that 90% of the data in the world today has been created in the last two years alone. For most enterprises “business as usual” simply won’t cut it. To adapt, companies, institutes and even NGOs must now operate not as bureaucratic machines but as learning organisms. Organisms that can leverage big data for agility, innovation and a better understanding of clients. The new 21st Century business model yields higher resiliency, greater innovation and superior customer service.  If your business is being pushed to evolve in a world of ever increasing change, speed and diversity, then this new way of operating may be for you.

Organizations in the 21st Century
Is your industry undergoing a change? Is your organization being asked to do more with less & it’s no longer business as usual?  Wise has spent the last 5 years studying how the 21st Century is impacting the organizational form, examining:  the shift from product to services; the move from urban to rural; the impact of technological change; and the rise of collaboration and crowdsourcing. Through social networks and relations tasks get accomplished, knowledge gets shared and most of all work gets done. At the dawn of the 21st century, knowledge has quickly become the key asset of commerce. Today, Connect and Collaborate is replacing Command and Control.  Gone are Top Down leadership styles, replaced with collaborative open networks. If your organization needs to be more adaptive to more resilient to change, if you want a happier, more engaged workforce, then you need to adapt to the reality of organizations in the 21st Century.

Innovate like an Entrepreneur!
Entrepreneurs are the backbone of the Canadian economy. Startups today are responsible for 45 per cent of new job creation in Canada. Similarly, Startups continue to be incubators for innovation producing 16.5 times more patents per employee than large firms. In the last decade, Proctor & Gamble has more than doubled their new product success rate (moving from 1 in 5 to 5 in 10) by moving away from internal corporate R&D and embracing entrepreneurship. So what can Entrepreneurs teach you, your team and your organization? In this interactive innovation season, Dr. Wise shares the naked truth behind entrepreneurial innovation and how you can too benefit from a greater entrepreneurial mindset. Leveraging the time he spent with uber entrepreneurs Kevin O’Leary, Brett Wilson, Harry Rosen, John Sleeman, Debbie Travis and many more, Wise will help engage and excite your team about innovation. Learn the 5 mindsets of the entrepreneurial innovator. Charge up your innovation pipeline by engaging your entire team.

Platform Plus

Workshop | First Funding: From Idea to Innovation

In this workshop, Professor Wise will cover the three major subjects of raising capital, innovation, and entrepreneurship. You will learn about the various sources of funding available, such as the government, angel investors, and banks. Professor Wise will also discuss how to get yourself and your business in a position to grow and how to build successful partnerships.

Event Moderator
Panelist/In Conversation

Awards

2014
Startup Canada Awards | Entrepreneur Mentor of the Year


  • He brings valuable insights, a direct and frank dialogue, a willingness and enthusiasm to help a company succeed and his own proven track record to share experiences.

    - Senior Partner, Ernst & Young
  • Interesting, motivating, and inspiring. His passion for work clearly shone through as he shared his past experiences and knowledge on what it takes to create a successful business venture.


    - Co-Chair, Queen's Entrepreneurs' Competition
  • We really enjoyed your presentation and heard some really fantastic anecdotal feedback form the crowd. You also did a fantastic job handling your first question from the crowd.

    - Manager, Collector Strategy & Program Design, AIR MILES Reward Program
  • He was truly amazing, he made our event!

    - CEO of PTEX Group
  • The learning's he brings to any stage are compelling and his advice is both direct and immediately relevant to his audience. What Al Gore is to the environment, Sean Wise is to entrepreneurs.

    - Partner, SA&P LLP
  • Your energy, affirmations, messages, etc – just what the Yukon doctor ordered! I hope you’ll have other opportunities to come back and entertain, educate and inspire future audiences.

    - Council of Yukon First Nations
  • It was clear the students were energized as was evident by all the chatter going on in the lobby and the intensity in the room during the presentations. Such a valuable day for our students!

    - Sheridan Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning

Summary Profile

Dr. Sean Wise BA LLB MBA PhD is an expert on startups & venture capital. He uses this expertise in his various roles as:   tenured Ryerson University Professor, bestselling author, international business speaker, and partner at Ryerson Futures, a seed stage venture capital fund and technology accelerator. Dr. Wise has been an entrepreneur since age 13. He has been in the Venture Capital industry for more than 15 years. He has mentored hundreds of innovation 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. 

He has mentored hundreds of innovation 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 spent five seasons as an advisor for CBC on the mega hit venture reality show Dragons’ Den (aka Shark Tank, in America) before moving in front of the camera as the host of the Naked Entrepreneur, which airs on the Oprah Winfrey Network. Dr. Wise writes a national column for the Huffington Post (titled: “Dear Professor Investor”) in which he answers some of the toughest startup questions posted.

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