Semapa is one of the largest Portuguese industrial groups with more than 6,000 employees and presence in several continents – more than 3/4 of its turnover is generated through the external market. Its activity is organized in three industrial areas of business: forest, pulp, paper & energy through Navigator, ciment and other building materials through Secil, and environment through ETSA

João Castello Branco
CEO, Semapa
As a Founding Partner of Singularity University Portugal, Semapa is committed to keep up with the deep changes brought in by new technologies to organizations and to society in general. The Group wants to be at the forefront of this rapid evolution by reinforcing its commitment with innovation, not only through the development of this area in its participated companies (Navigator, Secil and ETSA), but also through Semapa Next, the group’s venture capital branch, which recently launched an acceleration startups’ program in partnership with Techstars, one of the global leaders in technological acceleration. This partnership brings together a group of renowned experts on exponential technologies, and is a unique and inspiring experience to everyone on the emerging challenges that lay ahead.