VC Investor and Kauffman Fellow in Austin, Texas
Having cultivated 20 years of operations, strategy, and governance experience in startup investing, entrepreneur ecosystems, and social impact, Claire England is a veteran advisor and investor.
She serves as a Partner in Portfolia’s Food & AgTech Fund, where she leads seed to pre-IPO deals, and in Portfolia’s fully invested FemTech Fund, the nation’s first venture capital fund to invest solely in women’s health and wellness. She’s a founding organizer of VC3 DAO + Fund, the first and only investment DAO made up of professional VCs. In addition, she’s a Kauffman Fellow, a leading innovation post-graduate program and global network of 800+ values-based VCs and LPs.
Claire grew a Texas LP group of individual and family office accredited investors into a large, nationally recognized early stage investing community; under her leadership, LPs deployed $75M into 95 companies in five years, resulting in an ROI that far exceeds VC return averages. She also directed a large-scale startup and investor conference that was pivotal to evolving Austin’s entrepreneur ecosystem into what it is today. Her passion for entrepreneurship developed when she joined a social media services startup as its the first full-time employee.
Claire has extensive professional public speaking experience and is a particularly strong panel discussion moderator; she's led workshops, spoken on panels, judged startup pitch competitions, and given keynote addresses for innovation conferences and workshops throughout the U.S. and internationally. She's also taught university undergraduate/post-graduate business school classes as a guest lecturer in Texas and Arkansas.
She mentors founders at accelerators, such as Capital Factory and Techstars, and she serves on St. Edward’s University’s Business School Board of Advisors. In addition, she's volunteered on numerous advisory committees for entrepreneurial and investing organizations, such as the Angel Capital Association, Austin Chamber of Commerce, Startup America, World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers, and more.
Kauffman Fellows honored Claire with the 2018 Kauffman Fellows Leadership Award, and her accomplishments in Austin's startup community were recognized with the 2013 Austin Business Journal Profiles in Power Finalist Award. She graduated Cum Laude with a BA in Mass Communication - Public Relations and a minor in Music - Cello and Vocal Performance from Texas State University and was inducted into Kappa Tau Alpha National Honor Society.