Michael Jacobsen

Serial Entrepreneur

Michael Jacobsen is the Executive Chairman of European Leisure Management Group, an arena, convention center and stadium management company with operations in the UK and Europe. He also Chairs Global Entrepreneurs Agency, a social business delivering programs for Governments and agencies sending Start Ups to the UK. GEA has been awarded the contract to undertake trade missions for several countries and also works with Governments and key stakeholders in Central and Eastern Europe to build and grow enterprise ecosystems in those nations. These include the not-for-profit campaign Enterprise Slovakia in Slovakia-the current EU Presidency country.

Michael Co-founded and co-owned (now exited) a global multi-billion dollar entertainment empire underpinned by with the world rights to the Dirty Dancing brand and an entertainment property portfolio (operating some of Australasia’s leading entertainment arenas and facilities).

Michael also Co-Produced Dirty Dancing on Stage globally, which is the fastest selling show in London West End history and has grossed over $US1Billion. It is recognized as one of the world’s top entertainment properties of all time. He has also been involved in the promotion of numerous large-scale concert tours including those by legendary artists Elton John, Usher, Bruce Springsteen and Barbra Streisand.

Passionate about business education and teaching, he has acted as a Mentor at the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy; was a Visiting Entrepreneur for Start Up Britain has acted a mentor at Techstars London and Financial Technology Accelerator Level 39 and was a Selected Coach for the UK Government’s Growth Accelerator. He also acts as an ‘elevator’ for the Duke of Yorks Pitch@Palace programme.

Michael has acted as a Non-Executive Director and Advisor to the Boards of several companies and entities including: Australian Centre for Event Management (division of the University of Technology Sydney’s Business Faculty); Eclipse Global Entertainment and the Steering Committee of Business Charity NACUE/Create