Enterprise Slovakia

Enterprise Slovakia is a high profile initiative delivering practical assistance and an overriding message of enterprise and entrepreneurialism to the Slovak Start Ups and pre start ups nationally. In doing so it will support SMEs in the creation, operation and growth of their businesses and provide the genesis and platform for “hidden SME’s” to evolve and grow, thus supporting the Slovak ‘Innovative Economy”.

It will draw on its elite network and partners in the UK; one of the leading enterprise Hubs in the world and the closest global enterprise hub to Slovakia.

The UK’s largest small business network, Enterprise Nation, is partnering with Global Entrepreneurs Agency to deliver a 12-month campaign of trade promotion and exchange between the UK and Slovakia with delivery through the vehicle of Enterprise Slovakia.


Executive Chairman – Michael Jacobsen


Michael’s companies – past and present.

Michael Jacobsen is an Australian-born serial entertainment entrepreneur. He holds a Bachelor of Business Degree from UTS in Sydney and a Financial Diploma from the Australian Securities Institute.

He 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.

Michael is a published author, having released The Business Of Creativity in 2013 through Brightword.

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.

Passionate about education, Michael regularly lectures at universities and has recently delivered lectures at the University of Westminster University, York St John University, London Metropolitan University and LSE.



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2016-2017 events

Ministry of Culture Trade Mission to the UK



Ongoing cooperations on education programmes in Slovakia


2015-2016 events

US embassy

A Roundtable discussion hosted by the US man of affairs Liam Wasley. The importance of innovation is not lost on most corporates. But


Na plenárnom rokovaní 19. ročníka medzinárodnej vedeckej konferencie doktorandov a post-doktorandov EDAMBA 2016 „Open Science &

Smart Up

November 30 2015 Bratislava. Hot on the Heals of Global Entrepreneurship week, Smart-Up Slovakia will be the inaugural event of the


About This Event

What is an entrepreneurial ecosystem? Is there a clear definition of what an ecosystem is? As part of the recent Startup Ecosystem Ranking report by Compass, Dr. Thomas Funke of the German Productivity and Innovation Centre (RKW) attempts to answer the question. RKW is a member of the Global Entrepreneurship Research Network and also the host organization for Global Entrepreneurship Week in Germany.
Who can register:
EU citizens or third country nationals who hold a work permits in Slovak Republic; registered foreign students at SVK universities.

Language requirements:
The final proposal should be bilingual (Slovak/English)

Coding platform:
Competitors are free to use their choice of platform to develop their model.

Competitors to develop a working app for at least one of the following platforms:
• Android Device
• iOS Device
• Windows Phone Device
• Blackberry Device
• Web Or Mobile Web
• Windows Desktop Computer

All teams retain full ownership of the Intellectual Property of what they develop and should take their own measures to protect themselves

The competition will be evaluated by a panel of judges representing the organisers: Global Entrepreneurs Agency; Enterprise Nation; Ministry of Economy, SPP and Slovenske Electrarne.

Registration opens 26/10
Registration closes 9/11 5pm CET
10/11-23/11-Solution seeking phase
23/11 5pm CET competition closes for submissions 23/11-26/11-Judging period
27/11-3 Finalists contacted 30/11-Finalists to pitch for place ranking and prizes at Enterprise Slovakia’s “Smart Up Slovakia” event at Radisson Blu Carlton.

represents the ecosystem canvas as a description of the multitude of relationships that exist in an entrepreneurial ecosystem and how these parts work together. An ecosystem can best be described through eleven basic building blocks that show the logic of how an ecosystem works. The eleven blocks cover the main areas of an ecosystem: Ideas & Talents, Support & Infrastructure, Startup Community, Policy and Finance, and Trends & Markets. The canvas is part of a methodology that helps you to not forget relevant success factors when working on your local ecosystem. The methodology has four steps: In a first layer the canvas serves as a reality check that reminds the key actors of a local ecosystem to think holistically about their ecosystem, connect them to each other and prevent them from getting stuck on their own program. In a second step, it serves as a blueprint for a strategy for all actors in the network to be implemented in the ecosystem through structures, processes and systems. In a third step, it shows all community builders in a visual way both the big picture, their (important) own roles in it and the interdependencies. In a fourth step, it helps to explore new growth opportunities, assess uses of new support programs, and to communicate across the community how we could accelerate the development of the ecosystem.