Australian-born entertainment serial entrepreneur Michael Jacobsen is well known as the former co-owner of the globally renowned stage show Dirty Dancing and associated entertainment brand. Dirty Dancing is the fastest selling show in London West End history and grossed over $US1Billion. Raised in a family of entrepreneurs, Michael 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.
Michael is now a popular entrepreneurial motivational speaker and also 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.
A published author, passionate about business education and teaching, Michael released his book ‘The Business Of Creativity’ in 2013 through Brightword. He has mentored at the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy, Techstars London and Financial Technology Accelerator Level 39 and currently for the Duke of York’s Pitch@Palace programme. Michael was a Selected Coach for the UK Government’s Growth Accelerator and a Visiting Entrepreneur for Start Up Britain.
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.
Passionate about education, Michael holds a Bachelor of Business Degree from UTS in Sydney and a Financial Diploma from the Australian Securities Institute, and regularly lectures at universities. He recently delivered lectures at the University of Westminster University, York St John University, London Metropolitan University and LSE
“I enjoyed your talk the most as it was the only one that addressed the ‘why’ as well as the ‘how’. I’m a big believer that if you can touch people’s heart with a product or service then you have a huge advantage so your talk really resonated with me.” Founder/CEO, Musitude
“It was good to see you and once again it was fantastic speech you made.” MD, Pegasus Textiles
“Thanks for your inspirational talk today.” Managing Director, THE STABLE Musicals
“We’ve worked with Michael on a number of occasions, most recently on the Great British Entrepreneurs Scale Up Conference. Michael has been a long time supporter of all Great British Entrepreneur Awards activity and it was wonderful to have him share his story and entrepreneurial journey with our guests. Michael is an absolute pleasure to work with and a constant professional. His story is inspiring and he is a creative and exciting speaker. He is a true entrepreneur with a colourful and engaging story to tell and his delivery really packs a punch ensuring an inspired and energised audience.” Co-Founder & Head of Content, Amplified Business Content
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