About SingularityU Portugal

Who We Are

SingularityU Portugal is a joint venture that aims to become the main catalyst of a uniquely futuristic and exponential mindset in Portugal. We want to inspire and drive people and businesses to embrace technology as a mean to solve humanity’s grand challenges.

Three organizations joined forces to build SingularityU Portugal – Cascais Municipality, Beta-i and Nova School of Business and Economics – an across sector and long-lasting partnership, joined by Ageas, Galp and Semapa as founding partners, that believes individuals, organizations and our society already possess the power to change the future.

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What we do

SingularityU Portugal designs customized programs to help individuals and organizations adopt an exponential mindset and unlock new sources of innovation that will transform their organisations, their industries and their world.
We are committed to build in Portugal, a community of leaders, thinkers and doers willing to work for a bright tomorrow.

Why we do it

“Right now, and for the first time ever, a passionate and committed individual has access to the technology, minds, and capital required to take on any challenge.” – Peter Diamandis, co-founder of the Singularity University

That being said, we want to expose more and more people to the right mindset, ideas, content and network that has the power to impact the way we live and work, while at the same time we broadcast back to the world, leading edge Portuguese research and innovation breakthroughs.

Board

Paulo Pisano

Global HR Director and Chief People Officer, Galp

Steven Braekeveldt

CEO, Grupo Ageas Portugal

João Castello Branco

CEO, Semapa

Ricardo Marvão

Co-Founder & Head of Education, Beta-i

Miguel Pinto Luz

Deputy Mayor, Cascais Municipality

Pedro Santa Clara

Professor, Nova School of Business and Economics

Team

Ricardo Marvão

Co-Founder & Executive Director, SingularityU Portugal

Francisca Brito Pereira

Program Manager, SingularityU Portugal

Maria Pedro Silva

Program Manager, SingularityU Portugal

Fernando Soares

Co-Founder & Strategic Relations, SingularityU Portugal

Miguel Moreira

Academic Director, SingularityU Portugal

Paulo Bastos

CFO, SingularityU Portugal

About Singularity University

Singularity University (SU) is a global learning and innovation community using exponential technologies to tackle the world’s biggest challenges and build an abundant future for all. SU’s collaborative platform empowers individuals and organizations across the globe to learn, connect, and innovate breakthrough solutions using accelerating technologies like artificial intelligence, robotics, and digital biology. A certified benefit corporation headquartered at NASA Research Park in Silicon Valley, SU was founded in 2008 by renowned innovators Ray Kurzweil and Peter H. Diamandis with program funding from leading organizations including Google, Deloitte, and UNICEF.

SingularityU Portugal is bringing all SU’s expertise and experience to Portugal to build a community of leaders in Europe that will help shape Humanity’s future.

Exponential Technologies

Exponential technologies are those which are rapidly accelerating and shaping major industries and all aspects of our lives. Exponential technologies include artificial intelligence (AI), augmented and virtual reality (AR, VR), data science, digital biology and biotech, medicine, nanotech and digital fabrication, networks and computing systems, robotics, and autonomous vehicles. We believe that the solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges lie at the intersection of these exponential technologies. That is, when two or more of these technologies are used in combination to attack a persistent challenge, the possibility of developing a sustainable solution becomes much more likely.

Exponential Mindset

An exponential mindset refers to our point of view at SU that there’s no problem that we cannot solve when we apply exponential technologies and innovative ways of thinking. We also sometimes refer to this as an “abundance mindset.” We have a hopeful outlook on the world and our future, and so we focus our energies on empowering others to create the abundant future we envision.

Thinking linearly can prove costly to businesses, governments, and individuals alike. Exponential thinking reduces some of this disruptive stress and reveals new opportunities. If we can better plan for the accelerating pace, we can ease the transition from one paradigm to the next, and greet the future in stride.