This year, the "Golden Aurora", the prize for the best female business angel in Europe, goes to Portugal - more precisely to Porto, the home of Lurdes Gramaxo. The nine-member European jury selected Lurdes Gramaxo as the winner, ahead of the two runners-up with equal points, Regina Llopis from Spain and Brigitte Baumann from Switzerland.
The prize was awarded for the fourth time by Business Angels Netzwerk Deutschland (BAND), the association of business angels and their ecosystem in Germany, and Business Angels Europe, the European association of national business angel associations. "The fact that a Portuguese woman is this year's prizewinner shows that female angels are penetrating across the continent into a domain believed to be male and investing successfully", says Ute Günther, BAND board member. To further strengthen this trend in Germany, BAND has proclaimed the "Women Business Angels Year 2020" under the patronage of the Federal Minister of Economics and Technology, Peter Altmaier. Lurdes Gramaxo is a partner in Bynd Venture Capital formerly Busy Angels, a Portuguese VC with more than 30 active investments in its portfolio. It invests in seed and early stage companies in the IT/digital and sustainability (e.g. life sciences, clean technologies) sectors from Portugal and Spain, as well as in start-ups related to these markets. As a member of the Board of Directors of Associação Portuguesa Business Angels, the Portuguese equivalent of BAND, she is also committed to improving the framework conditions for angel investors and start-ups in Portugal and Europe. Lurdes Gramaxo studied Economics and Psychology at the University of Porto. After a career of more than 20 years in various management positions in a multinati